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December 09, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 48 2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales of framing lumber moderated in the wake of the previous week’s strong finish, but prices held to a firm footing or gained modestly. Producers were supported by solid order files, some of which stretched to or near scheduled year-end shutdowns. Trading shifted to the secondary level, where wholesalers offered ample loadings for quicker shipments and prices that usually trailed mill quotes. Most gains in key prices pushed the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price up $4. 


  This Week
Dec 9
Last Week
Dec 2
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $359 $355 $312
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 324 324 256
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 406 403 357
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 342 338 292
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 437 434 399
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 347 342 312
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 620 625 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel trading was active and prices posted solid gains. OSB buyers who had been hesitant to cover their needs showed a growing willingness to step into the market as more mills pushed order files through December. Southern Pine plywood sales started out slow, but gained momentum as the week progressed. Western Fir plywood trading was solid early in the week. Buyers scrambled to cover needs Thursday after news spread of a mill announcing it would close within the next couple of months.

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 9
Last Week
Dec 2
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $366 $364 $360
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 348-385 350-385 362-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 360 350 340
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 282 282 245
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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