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U.S. softwood and panel markets - week 13, 2012

  • aprile 03, 2012
  • • Sorgente: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.
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Softness crept into framing lumber prices and pushed buyers to the sidelines to see how the month- and quarter-end shake out. The stronger-than-expected pace of the first quarter and the oft-heard narrative that field inventories remained thin left many traders believing that their customers could not hold out long. But the concern that the mild winter had borrowed from second-quarter sales hung over the market as well. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price dropped $3.


Week
Mar 30

Week
Mar 23

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*
$298
$301
$287
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price
279
282
284
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes
374
379
370
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)
250
258
268
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L
309
310
273
KD Coast Hem-Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L
294
297
312
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L
650
655
645
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Lackluster demand subdued structural panel sales. Another quiet week of trading left OSB prices all over the map. Some mills remained on the sidelines, leaning on order files and spurning all counters. Others were open to mild discounts. Pricing among Southern Pine plywood producers was messy, as some plants pushed output into the market to move order files out an additional week. Buyer uncertainty about market direction left western Fir plywood sales quiet.

(f.o.b. mill prices)
Week
Mar 30
Week
Mar 23

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*
$342
$348
$308
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply exterior sheathing plywood 375-395
375-400
330-345
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood
385-410
385-420
340-350
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood 370
389
342
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 202
210
190
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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