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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: October 21, 2016.

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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

Many framing lumber prices eroded in sluggish trading. Producers lowered quotes on #2&Btr offerings and opened to counters to generate orders. Some stayed out of the fray on the strength of order files extending through October. By many accounts, October was turning out to be a disappointment after September failed to meet expectations. With key prices in most species working lower, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price posted a $2 drop, its first decline in five weeks.

  This Week
Oct 21
Last Week
Oct 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $356 $358 $316
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 318 325 262
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 409 415 358
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 330 332 298
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 434 434 371
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 330 330 300
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 655 665 660
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading lacked urgency. OSB prices drifted sideways in most producing regions amid a modest week of sales. The exception was Western Canada and delivered markets in the Pacific Northwest, where producers accepted counters to push order files into November. Southern Pine plywood sales slowed at the mill level and prices flattened. Much of the week’s activity focused on shipments. Western Fir sheathing sales slowed, and traders sensed that supply was outpacing demand. East Coast markets were particularly quiet.

(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Oct 21
Last Week
Oct 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $376 $377 $358
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 367-385 365-385 365-398
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 373-400 370-400 368-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365 378 367
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 287 287 238
*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

  • Traders in both the U.S. and Canada widely anticipate that duties of 25-30% or higher will be heaped on Canadian producers exporting softwood lumber to the U.S. However, there is scant historical precedent for duties that high.
  • Various factors have combined to push the Western Plywood Composite Price to an historically large premium to the Southern Pine Plywood Composite.
  • Increased capacity among melamine manufacturers in North America has helped to absorb an increased supply of raw particleboard.
  • Weakness in the multifamily sector drove a 9% decline last month in the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts in the U.S.
Monday, October 24, 2016


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