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August 04, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 31  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Frenzied trading in many framing lumber species the past several weeks transitioned into a calmer pace. Double-digit price increases gave way to smaller gains in Coast species, while discounts cropped up in Canadian S-P-F and Southern Pine. Buyers digested recent purchases made at historically higher and even record prices, and adopted a cautious approach on new orders, especially among mills boasting order files into late August. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped $1, to $427.


  This Week
Aug 4
Last Week
Jul 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $427 $428 $367
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 409 414 329
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 500 505 431
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 485 480 353
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 385 385 419
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 440 435 350
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 685 685 705
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices were firm to higher amid conservative trading. Mill sales of OSB were sparse, often due to extended order files. A number of mills, especially in northern markets, pushed files into September. Most Southern Pine plywood traders noted a subdued pace, but steady sales were reported. 15/32-inch rated sheathing remained the most sought after item, and prices were firm to slightly higher. Traders looking for the western Fir plywood market to crack open were disappointed.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 4
Last Week
Jul 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $456 $454 $395
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 382-405 380-405 365-390
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 387-410 385-410 365-390
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 500 502 420
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 410 405 310
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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

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