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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 January 12, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 2  2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading picked up notably in all framing lumber species, leaving some traders reaching for superlatives to describe the fast start to the year. Even as wintry weather kept a grip on consumption in some markets, orders flowed back to the mills at a steady to active pace. Many prices re-approached or even exceeded their highs set in 2017, some of which were at record levels. The January futures market surged to $500-plus in after-hours trading Thursday, just ahead of Friday’s January close. 


  This Week
Jan 12
Last Week
Jan 5
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $445 $436 $356
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 486 472 308
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 557 536 406
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 495 483 345
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 482 475 426
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 495 488 350
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 735 735 595
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets were active and prices firm to higher. Weather and transportation delays dominated conversations among OSB traders. Producers, however, sold enough volume to keep prices on a firm to slightly higher track. Southern Pine plywood trading picked up for many suppliers amid steady demand. Buyers who had held out for a price break reluctantly stepped in after mills extended order files through late January and early February. Western Fir plywood trading was busy, with widespread participation. 




(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jan 12
Last Week
Jan 5
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $444 $437 $369
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 460-500 450-485 345-375
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 465-505 455-490 345-380
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 481 455 362
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 310 305 282
*Weighted average of 11 key items

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

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