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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

May 26, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 21  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Softwood lumber trading was uneven, and traders’ outlooks uncertain, heading into the holiday weekend in the U.S. Southern Pine mills reported a firmer tone to the market after heavy discounting in previous weeks. Canadian S-P-F producers harbored a greater sense of market stability until Thursday’s plummet in futures left buyers and sellers alike wary of further downside potential. In the West, sales in the Coast region lacked spark, and price declines outnumbered gains.


  This Week
May 26
Last Week
May 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $406 $409 $357
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 376 380 325
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 466 472 420
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 390 392 350
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 442 442 404
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 400 415 380
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 695 690 705
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Downward price pressure persisted in structural panel markets. OSB prices fell unevenly across North America amid quiet, conservative trading. Downward price pressure intensified in the South. Southern Pine plywood production outpaced demand amid another slow week of sales, leading some mills to offer heavy double-digit discounts. The trading pace in western Fir plywood was steady and comparable to the previous week. Mills willing to cut prices saw business pick up. 


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 26
Last Week
May 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $404 $412 $377
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 345-375 360-385 362-382
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 350-380 365-390 365-385
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 406 411 368
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 323 330 280
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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