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 December 29, 2017

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 52  2017
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Amid the holidays, absenteeism, and a major shot of winter weather, measured if not muted trading met most traders’ expectations. Even so, sales picked up on Wednesday, as some buyers secured early 2018 needs. Traders of western and Canadian species mostly headed into the new year with bullish attitudes. That sentiment was less apparent in Southern Pine, as frigid temperatures in the Southeast and snowy and icy weather gripping the Northeast and Midwest stifled shipping and generated caution.

  This Week
Dec 29
Last Week
Dec 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $433 $432 $359
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 465 457 312
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 530 528 408
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 475 472 345
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 473 470 430
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 488 490 347
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 735 730 605
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Year-end holidays distracted otherwise steady structural panel markets. The OSB market slipped into holiday mode. Producers felt little pressure to sell with order files mostly into mid-January. Southern Pine plywood sales were measured, as a number of buyers were out of their offices for most of the week. Moderate demand on Wednesday surprised some traders, but sales waned later in the week. Western Fir plywood trading slowed, but not as much as many traders expected for the holiday week. 



(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 29
Last Week
Dec 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $434 $431 $369
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 440-480 435-480 345-380
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 445-485 440-485 345-385
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 452 450 373
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 305 300 282
*Weighted average of 11 key items

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

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