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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

March 31, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 13  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Prices of framing lumber held to a firm to upward path, as more buyers shed expectations for further downside that recently followed the February spike. Many traders reported finishing one of their best first quarters in years, amid a high degree of anxiety that stemmed from the U.S.-Canada trade issue, timber supply constraints, and transportation issues, among others. A number of traders were out of their offices, and the level of activity surprised many traders.


  This Week
Mar 31
Last Week
Mar 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $402 $398 $345
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 361 360 309
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 445 442 388
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 372 372 337
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 470 467 393
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 400 395 370
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 625 615 680
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices were firm to higher, with most of the upside evident in OSB prices in the West. Sales kicked into high gear in the West on Wednesday, and stayed active through Friday morning. Reported prices in Western Canada posted double-digit increases, and order files were out to the week of April 24 or later. Prices of plywood were mostly flat to slightly higher. In Southern Pine plywood, thicker sheathing panels increased $5, depending on the zone. Activity in western Fir plywood was best late in the week.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 31
Last Week
Mar 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $403 $399 $358
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-395 365-395 373-397
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-400 365-400 375-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 408 405 365
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 312 308 235
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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