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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

January 06, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 1 2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Uneventful trading left most framing lumber prices close to previously established and reported levels. Traders drifted back to their offices Monday and Tuesday, with buyers slow to circulate new inquiries. Weather was a key factor. Wintry weather dulled demand in the Midwest and Northeast, while snow and ice in parts of the Northwest sapped demand and created transportation problems. Many buyers spent time chasing previously placed orders. Mill output was also affected, and some late shipping emerged.


  This Week
Jan 6
Last Week
Dec 30
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $357 $359 $320
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 313 312 273
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 408 408 375
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 345 345 290
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 428 430 412
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 350 347 303
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 600 605 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel markets were mixed. OSB sales were hit and miss coming out of the holidays, with winter weather playing a role in mills’ volumes for the week. Trading in the South was slow and conservative. Southern Pine plywood trading was fairly active to start the week, but dwindled as mills firmed prices and colder weather affected demand in some markets. The pace in western Fir plywood picked up as traders returned to their offices, but it was far from robust. Order files at mills varied.

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jan 6
Last Week
Dec 30
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $370 $369 $360
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-380 345-380 375-405
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 370 373 359
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 282 282 235
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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