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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

July 28, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 30  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Trading in framing lumber was mixed, but most price trends pointed upward. Activity was strongest in Coast and Inland species, while buyers backed off purchases of both Western and Eastern S-P-F. Southern Pine was measured, but single-digit price gains were posted in #1 and #2 narrows and 2x10. The Green Douglas Fir Composite Price reached a record higher, eclipsing the previous mark set in May 2004. Fire danger increased in the West, while firefighters struggled to get the upper hand on B.C. wildfires.
  This Week
Jul 28
Last Week
Jul 21
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $428 $422 $363
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 414 414 329
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 505 501 431
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 480 465 353
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 385 380 410
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 435 425 350
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 685 690 705
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
The Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price increased for the eighth consecutive week, but the gains were more measured than in previous weeks. The frenzied pace in OSB subsided, and a number of producers spent all or a good portion of the week off the market. Order files in some regions extended well into August, if not September. In Southern Pine plywood, trading was steady but calm. Activity was strongest on the westside. Western Fir plywood traded with less emotion, and some sheathing prices fell.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jul 28
Last Week
Jul 21
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $454 $448 $397
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-405 377-402 372-400
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-410 382-407 370-405
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 502 500 421
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 405 395 310
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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