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March 10, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 10  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Prices of framing lumber weakened by varying degrees. Trading ranged from a standoff between buyers and sellers, such as in green Douglas Fir, to a free-fall, as was the case in Western S-P-F. A second week of sharp double-digit drops in the latter left some key prices at about at 50% retracement from the peaks of their recent run. Southern Pine prices faded, as mill surpluses mounted amid muted demand. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price shed $5 for the week, finishing at $402, still $80 higher than the same week a year ago.


  This Week
Mar 10
Last Week
Mar 3
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $402 $407 $322
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 354 369 290
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 434 444 366
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 370 370 322
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 484 490 373
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 392 400 325
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 600 590 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices faded amid lukewarm trading. A two-tiered market developed in OSB, as secondaries garnered much of the week’s business. Mill sales were sparse; producers in most regions quoted order files into late March or later and held asking levels firm. Southern Pine plywood retailers and distributors were busy, as the Southeast experienced warm weather. Even so, the activity wasn’t enough to keep mill prices from softening. Western Fir plywood trading held at a quiet pace, as buyers and mills struggled to find common ground.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 10
Last Week
Mar 3
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $404 $407 $349
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-415 400-415 370-397
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-417 400-417 373-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 402 413 332
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 305 305 225
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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