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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

August  18, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 33  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
A sluggish trading pace in framing lumber markets led to mostly sloppy pricing at the mill level. Dealers, distributors, and office wholesalers were reluctant to purchase more than immediate needs. They cited current price levels, the suspension of the preliminary CVD, and the slowdown in consumption as key reasons to hold back. The July housing starts report reinforced their cautious approaches. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price fell $9, its third straight decline.


  This Week
Aug 18
Last Week
Aug 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $414 $423 $368
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 387 397 329
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 489 497 431
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 475 485 345
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 373 380 426
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 430 437 335
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 680 680 700
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel trading was lackluster, and prices lost ground. Mill sales of OSB were hit-and-miss, and reported prices were flat or adjusted in both directions. A number of producers remained off the market due to extended order files or maintenance downtime. Southern Pine plywood sales were steady, but an overall slow pace persisted. Demand lagged production, and downward price pressure was unabated. Western Fir plywood trading slowed further as buyers waited for signs of cracks and nursed lean inventories. 


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 18
Last Week
Aug 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $453 $455 $392
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-395 382-405 367-387
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-400 387-410 367-387
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 485 495 405
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 414 410 305
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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