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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: November 22, 2017.

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Random Lengths Lumber and Panel Market Report

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This report contains brief excerpts from our full 12-page newsletter, which includes prices of more than 1,600 lumber and panel items, plus detailed summaries of market activity. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

A mixture of reports developed in the holiday-shortened workweek. Buyers of Canadian S-P-F pulled back, with traders taking note of the large discount in futures to cash. While some Western S-P-F producers rode lengthy order files, others opened to counters on key items, including #2&Btr 2x4. Meanwhile, activity in Southern Pine was steady, with upward pressure on prices of the narrows. Buyers sought coverage with SYP in lieu of higher-cost S-P-F. Southern Pine MSR sustained its recent strength. 

  This Week
Nov 22
Last Week
Nov 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $438 $438 $349
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 489 494 310
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 555 561 395
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 458 455 330
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 438 428 431
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 490 490 332
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 730 730 625
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph


Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices fell unevenly amid quiet sales. Prices of OSB finished lower, but the rate of descent eased in some markets. This trend was most apparent in the West, where deep cuts were no longer available from mills. Downward price pressure persisted in Southern Pine sheathing. Distributors and dealers replenished inventories sparingly. Mill quotes were widely mixed. Western Fir plywood sales slowed compared to late last week. Some traders noted momentum carried over early, while others found the pace quiet from the outset.

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Nov 22
Last Week
Nov 17
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $451 $466 $363
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 415-485 435-495 348-380
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 420-490 440-500 350-385
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 447 452 345
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 355 380 282
*Weighted average of 11 key items




Industry News In "Through A Knothole"

Below are headlines of recent articles in the "Through A Knothole" section of our full 12-page newsletter, featuring articles of interest to the industry, including production/price trends, market analysis, trade issues, timber supplies, and much more. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.

This Week in the "Through a Knothole" Section of Random Lengths

  • Random Lengths was published this week in an abbreviated 8-page issue, excluding the regular “Through a Knothole” section. This is customary for Thanksgiving week. Our regular 12-page format resumes next week with the December 1 issue.
Thursday, November 23, 2017


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