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April 14, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 15  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales of framing lumber at the mill level slowed, as secondaries focused on selling from their own inventories and dealers struggled to absorb recent price hikes. Some mill prices, particularly in Western and Eastern S-P-F, rose sharply in early trading on carryover from the previous week’s chaotic pace and hikes in quotes. Gains in S-P-F $2&Btr were mostly priced in by midweek; prices held or edged higher in the latter half of the week. Even so, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite rose $19.


  This Week
Apr 14
Last Week
Apr 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $433 $414 $346
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 420 392 294
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 487 458 384
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 390 377 325
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 492 478 411
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 420 410 382
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 645 635 685
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices forged gains amid active trading. The price march that began in early February continued unabated in OSB. Even though many traders were out of their offices for Good Friday observances, sales for the week were steady to strong. Southern Pine plywood trading as active through most of the week, with the westside experiencing stronger sales than the other zones. Amid rising prices, western Fir plywood buyers replenished inventories, but a frantic pace early on cooled as the week progressed.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 14
Last Week
Apr 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $420 $410 $359
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-405 365-395 360-385
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-410 370-400 363-390
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 437 415 363
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 328 320 247
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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