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U.S. softwood and panel markets - week 17, 2012

  • mayo 02, 2012
  • • Fuente: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.
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Shock waves from another fatal mill fire in British Columbia rippled across framing lumber markets in the U.S. and Canada. In the wake of the second mill explosion this year, provincial authorities announced plans to inspect all sawmills for wood dust and other potential catalysts. That put the milling of dry beetle-killed timber in focus, and it came on the heels of a leaked government report detailing sharp cutbacks in timber supplies as the long-running beetle salvage begins to wind down. Stud prices surged.


Week
Apr 27

Week
Apr 20

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*
$316
$302
$264
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price
289
280
238
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes
384
375
333
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)
240
235
250
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L
330
318
265
KD Coast Hem-Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L
305
297
270
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L
622
630
650
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Structural panel sales gained momentum as the week progressed. The sleepy tone that was prevalent in OSB trading early in the week changed Wednesday when some markets stirred. Buyers in the West were responsible for much of the business. Most prices crept higher at Southern Pine plywood plants, even though the sales pace failed to extend order files a full week. The fervor in studs caused western Fir plywood buyers to consider the precarious balance between supply and demand, and it pulled some off the fence to replenish thin inventories.

(f.o.b. mill prices)
Week
Apr 27
Week
Apr 20

Year Ago
2011
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*
$349
$345
$284
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply exterior sheathing plywood 380-400
375-395
300-315
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood
385-415
380-410
310-320
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply exterior sheathing plywood 373
367
300
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 220
215
167
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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