Construction materials price Index Canada
*Western - regional species perimeter foundation; Southern - regional species slab construction.
Crow's Market Recap - A condensed recap of the market conditions for the major North American softwood lumber and panel products as reported in Crow's Weekly Market Report.
Lumber: Momentum generated the prior week carried over after the long holiday weekend, pushing SPF mill order files out and prices higher. Production curtailments at three mills in eastern Canada prompted both domestic and US buyers to purchase significant volumes out of the East. Southern Pine trading was active enough to prompt West and Central zone producers to often raise quotes $5 to $10 and achieve some measure of success at the higher levels. Distributors reported selling strong volumes, with the exception of those located in areas of Texas, where heavy rains and floodwaters held back consumption. Cutbacks in production continued to help dry prices in the Coastal species lumber market recover somewhat. A better tone existed throughout the market. Canadian producers, having garnered strong SPF order files, focused more of their attention on selling Doug Fir into the states. Inland lumber shows further improvement. Both producers and wholesalers reflect more optimism this week than for many, many weeks. Most reported stud prices edged higher, led by increases in SPF. Overall demand for studs was not as strong as the week prior, but solid demand for SPF on both sides of the border drove those prices higher. Gradual improvement in the Western Red Cedar market was often countered by disappointment in the market overall. How much longer rains in Texas and Oklahoma continue concerned producers, especially those in Canada. Radiata Pine appears to be stronger basically than Ponderosa. Some weaknesses continue to plague Ponderosa Pine, although the worst of these is being addressed with the reduction in 4/4 Shop production. Ponderosa Pine 4/4 boards continue to show selective surpluses varying from mill to mill.
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