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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

November 11, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 44 2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
While pockets of increased activity were reported, framing lumber sales maintained a sedate tone. Buyers limited purchases to immediate needs, as they absorbed the outcome of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. The prospect of a more business-friendly Trump administration heartened many traders, while they also pondered how the new leadership might impact lumber trade negotiations with Canada. With prices moving modestly in either direction, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped $1.


  This Week
Nov 11
Last Week
Nov 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $344 $345 $331
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 305 302 268
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 392 395 375
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 318 318 310
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 425 428 416
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 325 327 323
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 635 640 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Trends in structural panel trading were narrowly mixed. Prices of OSB were flat to lower, but most traders said sales were steady considering the time of year. Unseasonably dry weather across the South kept loads flowing smoothly to job sites. The tone of the Southern Pine plywood market improved in late trading after some mills extended order files to the end of the month. Trading in western Fir plywood was slow, with growing resistance from mills confronting downward price pressure in sheathing. 

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Nov 11
Last Week
Nov 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $364 $366 $369
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 348-378 350-380 370-400
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 350-380 355-383 370-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 337 344 354
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 287 287 257
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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