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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 27, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 43  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber prices remained mixed in modestly lighter trading compared with recent weeks. Weakness in Southern Pine and green Fir dimension, as well as 2x4 studs in various species, drove a drop in the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price for a second straight week. Price strength remained focused on random dimension in Canadian S-P-F and western dry species, although upward momentum eased in the West and Eastern S-P-F.


  This Week
Oct 27
Last Week
Oct 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $433 $438 $350
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 457 449 307
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 555 553 400
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 462 467 325
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 410 420 432
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 470 470 330
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 720 710 650
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Steep discounts surfaced amid quiet trading in structural panel markets. The upward trend that lasted for most of the year to date hit a wall in OSB markets, and prices tumbled in some regions. Softness was most apparent in southern and western markets. Prices of Southern Pine plywood rated sheathing were in a downward slide. Some mills offered double-digit discounts to entice reluctant buyers to purchase beyond immediate needs. Western Fir plywood sales slowed, as producers and buyers engaged in a standoff.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 27
Last Week
Oct 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $527 $535 $372
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 495-520 505-528 362-385
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 500-525 510-530 365-392
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 500 513 355
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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