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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

December 16, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 49 2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Wintry weather spreading across a wide swath of the U.S. and Canada, as well as the approaching holidays, put trading of framing lumber on ice. Prices flattened or finished narrowly mixed. While many mills were able to fall back on order files into late December or early January, some were still looking to clean out yards and sheds before year-end. To do so, producers often had to open to counters, and come close to meeting buyers’ specified tallies to win orders.


  This Week
Dec 16
Last Week
Dec 9
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $360 $359 $314
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 322 324 269
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 408 406 362
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 345 342 290
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 435 437 401
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 347 347 305
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 615 620 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
The pace of structural panel trading faded as the holidays approached. OSB sales slowed across North America, but prices maintained an upward bias in most regions. The exceptions were the North Central region and Eastern Canada. Southern Pine plywood trading slowed in anticipation of the holidays, but overall activity was steady. A few mills offered discounts on some items earlier in the week. Western Fir plywood trading was measured. Mills ended the week with order files into the weeks of January 2 and 9.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 16
Last Week
Dec 9
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $368 $366 $356
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-380 348-380 360-395
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-385 348-385 373-405
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 368 360 336
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 282 282 233
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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