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 December 08, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 49  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading in framing lumber was mixed, but overall price trends were weighted to weakness. Green Fir was the primary exception, with demand outstripping supplies and keeping prices on a steady upward track. Trends in most dry framing species pointed downward. Canadian S-P-F prices fell off historical highs, as buyers kept a low profile, wary of downside risk. Meanwhile, Southern Pine turned soft in 2x6&wdr, with 2x4 maintaining some of its recent strength on the westside as a substitute for Canadian S-P-F.

  This Week
Dec 8
Last Week
Dec 1
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $434 $436 $359
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 462 478 324
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 535 547 406
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 465 460 342
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 457 448 437
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 490 490 347
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 730 730 620
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales and prices gained traction as the week progressed. OSB sales were stronger than expected for the time of year, as buyers stepped in for coverage after prices stabilized in most regions. In Southern Pine plywood markets, prices of rated sheathing bounced off lows or flattened amid improved sales at midweek. Western Fir plywood sales were steady from Tuesday on. Mills held prices without needing to open to counters, a relief to many producers because of veneer and log costs.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 8
Last Week
Dec 1
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $427 $433 $366
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 410-470 405-470 348-380
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 415-475 410-475 348-385
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 442 442 360
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 300 315 282
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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