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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

September  08, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 36  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Showing signs of life late the prior week, trading in framing lumber gained momentum following Monday’s holiday. Forest fires and logging restrictions in B.C. and the Pacific Northwest tightened supplies, while extended mill order files made it difficult for buyers to cover needs promptly. Meanwhile, flooding and damage from Hurricane Harvey disrupted demand in Texas, while Florida braced for Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall this weekend. However, trading in Southern Pine picked up, as Irma’s potential path was aimed at sawmills in the Southeast.


  This Week
Sep 8
Last Week
Sep 1
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $410 $403 $351
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 406 395 314
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 496 485 420
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 460 455 332
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 370 360 402
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 430 420 330
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 675 690
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel markets buzzed with energy in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the South and extensive wildfires in the Northwest. OSB sheathing sales spanned a range of $30-40 or more in the South amid chaotic trading. Another potentially devastating hurricane fueled upward price pressure and widespread demand in Southern Pine plywood markets. Some of the surge in western Fir plywood markets was spillover from Southern Pine plywood, but ongoing wildfires in the West were a bigger factor.


(f.o.b. mill prices)


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 8
Last Week
Sep 1
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $483 $461 $392
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 450-475 400-420 370-389
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 455-480 405-425 372-390
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 509 482 422
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 419 414 304
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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