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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 December 22, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 51  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading in framing lumber maintained a steady pulse by most accounts, despite the coming holidays. Enough buyers stepped in for loads to ship in January to give producers an edge, although Southern Pine mills were vulnerable to counters. Producers in the West reported strong sales to California, where mild weather and jobs on the books had traders anticipating a strong start to the year. Traders cited the November housing starts report and the tax bill that cleared Congress this week as factors promoting optimism.

  This Week
Dec 22
Last Week
Dec 15
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $432 $431 $360
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 457 445 316
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 528 529 408
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 472 470 345
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 470 465 432
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 490 490 347
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 730 730 610
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets maintained strength heading into the year-end holidays. The OSB market headed into the holiday with modest momentum, as prices in most regions were firm to slightly higher. Order files often stretched into the weeks of January 8 or 15. Demand for Southern Pine plywood was better than most traders anticipated. Mills extended order files into the second week of January amid steady sales. The steady trading pace in western Fir plywood through Thursday morning surprised traders.


(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 22
Last Week
Dec 15
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $431 $426 $369
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 435-480 420-470 345-380
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 440-485 425-475 345-385
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 450 442 373
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 300 300 282
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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

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