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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

March 17, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 11  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Trading in framing lumber perked up Wednesday, putting a halt to skidding or drifting prices in most species. Follow-through Thursday was mixed, but generally enough to encourage sellers. The major exception was Southern Pine, as a perception of an imbalance in supply and demand took hold. Winter storms in the Northeast and nasty weather in other areas limited consumption. The snowstorm kept demand for Eastern S-P-F under wraps as well, until a breakout in Western S-P-F Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday helped eastern mills regain control. 


  This Week
Mar 17
Last Week
Mar 10
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $396 $402 $332
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 352 354 299
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 434 434 375
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 367 370 328
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 475 484 381
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 387 392 337
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 605 600 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel sales sputtered throughout the week. Trading at OSB mills remained on the quiet side, and prices were mostly flat with a few small adjustments in either direction. Producers with order files into April or later held firm to quotes, but sold little. Southern Pine plywood trading was up and down. Some mills were aggressive, quoting well below last week’s reported levels in an attempt to stimulate sales. After a quiet start to the week that had western Fir plywood mills opening to counters, the trading pace picked up late Wednesday and early Thursday. 


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 17
Last Week
Mar 10
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $402 $404 $350
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-405 390-415 370-397
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-410 390-417 375-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 398 402 340
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 305 305 220
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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