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 December 01, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 48  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

While trading was steady in some framing lumber species, buyers pulled back in others. Caution was most pronounced in Western and Eastern S-P-F; mills rode order files, but prices softened as prompt offerings emerged. Wary buyers noted historically high prices weighed on their confidence, given the time of year and a futures market that maintained an unusually deep discount to cash. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped $2.

  This Week
Dec 1
Last Week
Nov 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $436 $438 $355
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 478 489 324
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 547 555 403
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 460 458 338
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 448 438 434
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 490 490 342
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 730 730 625
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets displayed more liquidity, but most sales required discounts. Price erosion covered the gamut in OSB. Discounts of as much as $40 were reported in some regions, while signs of stability emerged elsewhere. An uptick in Southern Pine plywood sales Wednesday nurtured an improved tone in the market, but downward price pressure in rated sheathing remained. After a slow start to the week in western Fir plywood, activity picked up on Wednesday.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 1
Last Week
Nov 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $433 $451 $364
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 405-470 415-485 348-380
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 410-475 420-490 350-385
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 442 447 350
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 315 355 282
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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