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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

July 14, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 28  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Wildfires in the British Columbia Interior fueled heavy trading in framing lumber markets. Steep double-digit hikes in prices of Western S-P-F resulted, with buyers turning to Eastern Canadian mills for coverage and cleaning up those mills ahead of summer shutdowns. Prices at Coast and Inland mills also posted sharp jumps, with some items hitting their highest levels since the 2004 housing boom. Meanwhile, downward pressure subsided in Southern Pine, as many mills rebuilt order files.


  This Week
Jul 14
Last Week
Jul 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $411 $399 $352
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 406 379 324
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 490 475 423
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 450 435 353
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 377 381 389
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 412 400 357
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 690 695 705
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices pushed higher in varying degrees, led by OSB in western markets. Reported prices of OSB in Western Canada and some delivered markets jumped $25-30. Traders were concerned about supplies after production was suspended at Norbord’s plant in 100 Mile House, B.C., due to wildfires in the area. Activity in Western Fir plywood also was active out of the gate, and prices of key items jumped by double digits. Southern Pine plywood was soft early in the week, but prices firmed in late trading.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jul 14
Last Week
Jul 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $433 $422 $391
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 370-395 360-385 378-407
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-400 365-390 382-417
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 485 463 417
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 365 347 298
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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