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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 20, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 42  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

A mix of trends developed across framing lumber species, but the sales pace overall quieted. Weakness was widely apparent in Southern Pine, especially on the westside. This contrasted with further gains in prices of dry western species and Western S-P-F, some of which reached new record highs. There was a mix of trends among random dimension and studs, as well, with key stud prices softening. Drops in SYP random dimension, green Fir Std&Btr 2x4, and S-P-F 2x4 8-foot studs resulted in a $2 decrease in the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price.

  This Week
Oct 20
Last Week
Oct 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $438 $440 $356
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 449 443 318
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 553 550 409
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 467 470 330
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 420 427 434
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 470 467 330
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 710 700 655
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales and price trends were mixed. Strength of order file or lack thereof were the key factors in OSB price trends. In producing regions where mills had order files into November, prices held firm even though sales dwindled. However, discounts cropped up where loads were available for shipment in October. Southern Pine plywood traders reported prices of rated sheathing on either side of previously reported levels. Western Fir plywood sales slowed at the mills, but picked up at the secondary level. Prompt shipments were vital to securing sales.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 20
Last Week
Oct 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $535 $538 $376
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 505-528 507-528 367-385
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 510-530 512-530 373-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 513 525 365
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 455 455 287
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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