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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: April 29, 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

Sales of framing lumber varied among species and producing regions. The cash market in Western S-P-F got a shot in the arm from strength in futures, and transportation hang-ups related to a rail trestle in Alberta that was destroyed by fire. Eastern S-P-F producers also caught the wave of increased activity. Elsewhere, trading was mixed, with the pace slowing in Southern Pine and trading in western species described as a grind. All told, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price rose $4. 

  This Week
Apr 29
Last Week
Apr 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $350 $346 $327
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 298 284 249
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 385 370 350
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 327 320 290
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 427 421 397
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 380 380 300
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 695 690 670
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales gained momentum. Extended order files and steady demand kept prices of OSB on a firm-to-higher track. Activity was best in western markets, where reports of coming downtime and recent production issues in Western Canada kept buyers replenishing. After a slow start to the week, Southern Pine plywood sales showed more life Wednesday and Thursday, and the market finished with a better tone. A late-week pickup in activity firmed western Fir sheathing prices, with a few producers lifting quotes by around $5 Friday. 

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 29
Last Week
Apr 22
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $358 $355 $360
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 355-375 353-370 418-460
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 358-377 353-372 420-465
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 343 345 392
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 250 247 175
*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

  • The Stud Composite and Random Length Dimension Composite historically track closely, but recently the latter has moved to a notable premium to the former. Random Lengths tells you why in this week’s issue.
  • Compensation Survey Part 3 (retail managers): Average income among wood products retail managers increased in 2015 over 2014, with managers in the South leading the way for a second straight year.
  • Chinese imports shook off a sluggish year in 2015, with a resurgence of buying in the first quarter that easily topped the volumes purchased during the same period last year.
  • Home improvement television shows are cited as a key factor in a resurgence of demand for 1-inch pattern stock.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016


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