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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: December 2, 2016.
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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.
Momentum built on last week’s late surge of orders in framing lumber carried over to Monday and Tuesday. While sales eased from a faster pace from there on, trading remained steady and carried mill order files well into December. The trade case filed by U.S. producers seeking action against imports of Canadian lumber raised the prospect of duties and tightening availability moving forward. Still, some traders were surprised by the market’s energy and strength in prices.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$355||$349||$315|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||324||310||258|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||403||395||357|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||338||330||297|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||434||431||403|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||342||332||317|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||625||625||660|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Structural panel traders picked up the pace. A strong week of sales in Western Canada and the South allowed OSB producers to push order files well into December, if not through year-end. Southern Pine plywood sales were solid in the Northeast and steady elsewhere, including Florida and Texas. Some mills discounted railcar shipments and blocks of truckloads to fill out the year’s remaining production schedules. Western Fir plywood trading was solid from Tuesday on, and mills built on pre-Thanksgiving momentum.
(f.o.b. mill prices)
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$364||$363||$367|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||348-380||348-380||360-395|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||350-385||350-385||367-400|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||350||345||346|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||282||282||257|
|*Weighted average of 11 key items|
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
- The move traders had been anticipating for weeks finally happened the day after Thanksgiving when the U.S. Lumber Coalition filed countervailing and anti-dumping duty petitions against Canadian lumber imports.
- Sales and profits at most U.S. retailers of lumber and panel products have moved higher thus far in 2016 compared to the same period last year, according to Random Lengths annual retail outlook survey. Most dealers expect to see more gains in 2017.
- U.S. particleboard imports from offshore suppliers are on pace through the third quarter to hit a 16-year high, and the rising volume is exerting downward price pressure on an otherwise balanced market.