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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

May 12, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 19  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales of framing lumber were muted amid a lingering standoff in Canadian S-P-F and a steep pullback in Southern Pine. In the West, most prices held to recent ranges, but soft spots were evident, particularly in wide dimension. The overall price trend pointed down, with the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite falling $9 for the week. Traders anticipated demand to ramp up in the near term as the building season hits full stride. But many markets, some still besieged with wet spring weather, lagged expectations.


  This Week
May 12
Last Week
May 5
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $420 $429 $359
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 392 403 319
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 477 485 410
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 395 395 345
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 460 480 424
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 425 425 377
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 685 675 700
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Price trends and trading were mixed in structural panel markets. OSB prices cracked for the first time since late January in the South. In northern markets, softness was most apparent in Eastern Canada. A lethargic sales pace set in across all zones in Southern Pine plywood markets. Some producers offered steep discounts on railcar shipments to re-establish order files. The trading pace picked on Thursday in western Fir plywood markets. Producers relied on strong West Coast truck sales to halt an early-week price slide.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 12
Last Week
May 5
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $419 $424 $376
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 370-395 385-410 367-383
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-400 390-415 372-387
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 418 429 367
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 333 333 275
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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