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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

January 20, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 3 2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Winter weather took much of the blame for a disappointing start to the year for many framing lumber traders. While frigid temperatures gave way to a warming trend across much of the continent, heavy rain kept a lid on activity in California and parts of the South. Other issues and distractions played a role, including uncertainty surrounding the U.S.-Canada trade dispute and a new administration in Washington. Warmer weather eased recent transportation problems, although trucking issues continued to beset some traders.


  This Week
Jan 20
Last Week
Jan 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $354 $356 $308
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 306 308 252
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 401 406 353
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 345 345 287
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 426 426 397
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 350 350 300
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 590 595 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices faded amid lukewarm demand. OSB producers in all regions were open to small counters, but buyers showed little inclination to bolster inventories. Weather-related issues kept loads from flowing smoothly to yards in many parts of North America. Southern Pine plywood sales were steady for most traders, but some producers were willing to take mild discounts to extend order files. After a slow start, the pace in western Fir plywood picked up on Wednesday and carried through the end of the week.

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jan 20
Last Week
Jan 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $366 $369 $352
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-370 345-375 360-390
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-370 345-380 360-390
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 357 362 332
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 280 282 235
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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