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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

December 23, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 50 2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales of framing lumber were sluggish overall, but price trends were mixed. Softness was noted in Western S-P-F and Southern Pine, while prices in the West were mostly firm to slightly higher. Weakness was often seen on developing loads that mills wanted to move before year-end. Two-tiered pricing was evident in Western S-P-F. Wholesalers worked hard to pare their offerings, as several mills developed loadings for immediate shipment. Southern Pine trading stalled, with the holidays and cold weather in the Northeast and Midwest slowing activity.


  This Week
Dec 22
Last Week
Dec 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $360 $360 $316
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 316 322 270
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 408 408 369
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 345 345 290
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 432 435 407
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 347 347 303
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 610 615 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
A holiday mode was clearly evident in structural panel markets. OSB sales slowed in the second half of the week, but prices maintained a firm to higher track in all producing regions. The coming holiday weekend slowed Southern Pine plywood sales in most regions. Traders, however, found buyers seeking prompt fill-in loads or others willing to purchase loads for shipment in the new year. Western Fir plywood trading was active to start the week, but slowed as the holidays drew closer.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 22
Last Week
Dec 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $369 $368 $354
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-380 345-380 368-400
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-385 345-385 377-410
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 373 368 350
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 282 282 226
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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