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September  15, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 37  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report
Sales of framing lumber lacked the fervor of the previous week, but demand outstripped production in most species and prices continued to rise. Effects from hurricanes in the South and fire danger in the West remained factors, as did a steady-to-strong overall flow of lumber through the distribution system that kept buyers replenishing inventories. Southern Pine sales surged, setting the tone for an $11 jump in the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price, which finished at $421.


  This Week
Sep 15
Last Week
Sep 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $421 $410 $350
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 416 406 310
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 512 496 415
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 467 460 332
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 386 370 403
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 440 430 330
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 675 675 685
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report
Structural panel prices jumped sharply as scarce supplies kept mills in the driver’s seat. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, OSB markets remained in disarray. Mill quotes covered wide ranges in some producing regions, and buyers struggled to find producers on the market in the South. Southern Pine plywood buyers scrambled to cover near-term needs amid strong demand that allowed mills to extend order files into mid- to late October. The pace was active in western Fir plywood, although a tick slower than the previous week for most traders.


(f.o.b. mill prices)


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 15
Last Week
Sep 8
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $504 $483 $390
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 480-495 450-475 365-382
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 485-500 455-480 365-382
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 515 509 420
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 435 419 304
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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