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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

March 24, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 12  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
While lagging the pace of the February run, trading in framing lumber picked up, giving mills enough business to extend order files and raise prices. Trading in Southern Pine, a laggard in recent weeks compared to other species, kicked into a higher gear. Double-digit discounting seen in previous weeks dried up, as secondaries stepped in amid increased inquiries from large retail chains. An early week jump in futures helped prime a steady flow of sales at Canadian S-P-F mills. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price posted a $2 gain to finish at $398.


  This Week
Mar 24
Last Week
Mar 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $398 $396 $340
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 360 352 303
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 442 434 378
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 372 367 332
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 467 475 387
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 395 387 352
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 615 605 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel trading was mixed. After a quiet start to the week, OSB sales picked up and allowed producers to hold quotes close to last week’s reported levels. Small increases were reported in the North Central, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions. A number of Southern Pine plywood mills took hefty discounts on rated sheathing as trading started the week on a slow crawl. Lower asking levels generated more sales. A steady week of sales developed in western Fir plywood, as buyers stepped in to cover immediate needs.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 24
Last Week
Mar 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $399 $402 $354
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-395 380-405 373-397
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-400 380-410 375-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 405 398 358
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 308 305 225
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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