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December 30, 2016

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 51 2016
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
A slack sales pace due to the holidays was widely anticipated, but some traders were surprised by a midweek uprising that generated a mildly stronger week of sales than expected. The faster pace started in the Western S-P-F market, and filtered into other species, but with a decided lack of vigor. It was largely absent in Southern Pine, with traders reporting a traditional quiet holiday pace. Severe winter weather in northern-tier states also contributed to a slow week of sales.


  This Week
Dec 30
Last Week
Dec 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $359 $360 $319
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 312 316 274
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 408 408 373
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 345 345 290
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 430 432 410
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 347 347 303
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 605 610 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices fluctuated mildly amid quiet trading. Modest upward price pressure persisted in southern markets for OSB despite a holiday-induced lackadaisical sales pace. Trading in Southern Pine plywood was slow throughout the week, and what little was sold didn’t generate much movement in prices. Wholesalers and distributors offered discounts and year-end specials. Western Fir plywood trading was muted amid mill shutdowns and a number of traders being out of their offices.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 30
Last Week
Dec 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $369 $369 $356
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-380 345-380 373-403
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-385 345-385 380-412
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 373 373 358
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 282 282 228
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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