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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 06, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 40  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

While the sales pace was not as brisk as in previous weeks, the run in many framing lumber prices held to a steady upward course. Some prices gained more sharply, with 2x6 in any grade of dimension and in studs often leading the way. Notable laggards were 2x4 studs, with prices of some species and trims holding at best. Low grade also lagged, with spreads between Utility/#3 and #2/#2&Btr widening. With #2/#2&Btr dimension setting the pace, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite rose to $440.

  This Week
Oct 6
Last Week
Sep 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $440 $436 $358
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 436 429 325
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 546 536 414
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 472 472 332
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 427 418 431
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 465 460 330
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 690 685 670
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices continued to climb. Demand for OSB was highly mixed across North America, with markets in the eastern half of the continent drawing much of the interest. This led to loads from Western Canada shipping to non-traditional markets such as Eastern Canada and the Northeast. Despite a slower sales pace in Southern Pine plywood, steady demand supported firm to slightly higher prices of rated sheathing. Western Fir plywood sales were steady, but the pace dropped a notch.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 6
Last Week
Sep 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $536 $528 $375
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 507-528 507-525 355-380
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 512-530 512-527 360-390
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 525 525 385
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 452 448 287
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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