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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

May 05, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 18  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Trading in framing lumber failed to break free from its post-countervailing duty standoff, but buyers and sellers made some strides toward getting back to the give and take of normal relations. Many buyers held back, anticipating lower prices amid the recent malaise. They worked off inventories built up ahead of the preliminary duty determination, or filled immediate needs from wholesalers and local distribution. However, Canadian mills in particular were slow to give in; by late in the week, some found trading levels that moved limited volumes to small blocks. 


  This Week
May 5
Last Week
Apr 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $429 $435 $353
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 403 404 301
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 485 490 395
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 395 395 335
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 480 495 429
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 425 425 375
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 665 700
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel sales stalled. Prices of OSB held at last week’s levels in most producing regions. The lone exception cropped up in Eastern Canada, where producers with loads available to ship over the next two weeks sold at discounts. Southern Pine plywood sales were hard to come by for most mills, but downward price pressure was tempered by limited availability for next week shipment. The trading pace slowed in western Fir plywood, with mills often accepting counters to move loads.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 5
Last Week
Apr 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $424 $426 $370
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-410 387-410 363-380
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 390-415 392-415 365-383
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 429 441 365
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 333 333 268
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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