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August  25, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 34  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
The recent lull in framing lumber markets prompted producers to probe more aggressively for orders. Yet they did so selectively, and prices retreated unevenly. A pickup in sales on Thursday helped many sellers finish the week on firmer footing, while buyers sometimes lamented an inability to replenish at lower targeted levels. Early losses easily outweighed any late-week bounce-back in prices, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite finished with a $9 loss, at $405.


  This Week
Aug 25
Last Week
Aug 18
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $405 $414 $362
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 385 387 316
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 482 489 429
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 460 475 335
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 363 373 420
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 425 430 330
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 680 680 695
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices faded. The approach of Hurricane Harvey toward the Texas coast distracted trading. The length of mill order files went a long way in determining price movement in OSB. Producers in the North Central region and Eastern Canada reported order files well into September, and prices were firm to slightly higher. Sheathing prices in Southern Pine plywood markets stabilized late Thursday, after buyers stepped into the market earlier to take advantage of some hefty discounting by a few producers. Western Fir plywood trading got off to a slow start Monday, and failed to kick into a high gear.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 25
Last Week
Aug 18
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $450 $453 $390
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 370-390 375-395 367-387
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 375-395 380-400 370-390
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 468 485 415
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 414 414 300
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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