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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

September  01, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 35  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales of framing lumber hit a higher gear in most species in the second half of the week. Traders weighed myriad factors that impacted supply and demand. The postponement of the final determination in the CVD/AD investigations extended the period in which no CVD will be collected until at least the end of the year. Historic flooding shut down shipping in and out of parts of Texas. The Houston area consumes far more Southern Pine lumber than it produces, so the storm’s initial impact was much more extensive on the demand side.


  This Week
Sep 1
Last Week
Aug 25
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $403 $405 $354
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 395 385 311
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 485 482 421
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 455 460 332
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 360 363 409
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 420 425 330
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 680 695
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices jumped amid a flurry of activity late in the week. Prices of OSB adjusted in both directions. Heavy volumes sold in the South starting Wednesday in the wake of historic flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey. Low inventories and reaction to Hurricane Harvey fueled frenetic trading in Southern Pine plywood through most of the week. Producers raised quotes rapidly and encountered minimal pushback from buyers. The western Fir plywood market kicked into high gear on Wednesday after a slow start to the week.


(f.o.b. mill prices)


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 1
Last Week
Aug 25
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $461 $450 $391
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 400-420 370-390 370-389
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 405-425 375-395 372-390
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 482 468 420
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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