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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

December 02, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 47 2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Momentum built on last week’s late surge of orders in framing lumber carried over to Monday and Tuesday. While sales eased from a faster pace from there on, trading remained steady and carried mill order files well into December. The trade case filed by U.S. producers seeking action against imports of Canadian lumber raised the prospect of duties and tightening availability moving forward. Still, some traders were surprised by the market’s energy and strength in prices.


  This Week
Dec 2
Last Week
Nov 23
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $355 $349 $315
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 324 310 258
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 403 395 357
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 338 330 297
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 434 431 403
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 342 332 317
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 625 625 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel traders picked up the pace. A strong week of sales in Western Canada and the South allowed OSB producers to push order files well into December, if not through year-end. Southern Pine plywood sales were solid in the Northeast and steady elsewhere, including Florida and Texas. Some mills discounted railcar shipments and blocks of truckloads to fill out the year’s remaining production schedules. Western Fir plywood trading was solid from Tuesday on, and mills built on pre-Thanksgiving momentum.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 2
Last Week
Nov 23
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $364 $363 $367
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 348-380 348-380 360-395
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 350-385 350-385 367-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 350 345 346
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 282 282 257
*Weighted average of 11 key items



(Source: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.)  

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