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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

September  29, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 39  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading in framing lumber slowed from previous weeks, but not enough to derail an upward trend in prices of most species. A number of species set or approached record highs. While that concerned buyers, strong mill order files eased their angst for the short term. However, securing shipments for sooner than the latter half of October was difficult and a primary source of frustration. As prices marched higher in various species, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price rose $7, to $436.


  This Week
Sep 29
Last Week
Sep 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $436 $429 $356
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 429 423 321
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 536 524 411
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 472 472 332
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 418 403 424
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 460 450 327
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 685 675 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items





Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading moderated from the brisk pace of recent weeks. The overall sales pace in OSB slowed, but activity still tilted more heavily to mills in the South. Many mills stayed off the market for most or all of the week. Southern Pine plywood sales slowed from the frenetic pace earlier in the month, but mill order files and a dearth of inventory in the field supported price increases. Western Fir plywood sales were steady. East Coast buyers stepped in for mixed-car purchases.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 29
Last Week
Sep 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $528 $521 $373
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 507-525 500-520 340-370
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 512-527 505-520 340-370
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 525 521 395
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 448 445 292
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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