U.S. softwood and panel markets - week 44, 2011

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random lengths Dull demand left mills struggling to keep framing lumber output moving, and many prices reflected moderate decreases. The approach of the year-end had many buyers staying cautiously on the sidelines, while orders from export markets also thinned. Some short covering in Western S-P-F was evident, but this action was short-lived, as these buyers largely moved into a neutral position. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price dropped $5.


Week
Oct 28

Week
Oct 21

Year Ago
2010
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*
$255
$260
$260
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price
229
236
254
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes
318
319
335
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)
217
225
190
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L
271
274
264
KD Coast Hem-Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L
250
257
270
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L
585
585
535
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Structural panel markets were a mixed bag. Hand-to-mouth purchasing by dealers kept a steady flow of orders coming back to OSB mills. This was sufficient in most cases to keep sales in step with production. Southern Pine plywood producers and their customers couldn't agree on price trends. The result was no consensus on rated sheathing, with prices reported at the end of the week covering extremely wide ranges. Western Fir plywood buyers replenished sheathing more actively, but still in small, mixed loads, as they perceived limited downside risk.    

(f.o.b. mill prices)
Week
Oct 28
Week
Oct 21

Year Ago
2010
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*
$289
$295
$275
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply exterior sheathing plywood 295-330
305-345
270-275
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood
300-330
315-345
280-295
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood 311
315
262
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 188
195
185
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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