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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: November 25, 2015.

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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

Trends were mixed in framing lumber markets. Early week trading surpassed some traders’ expectations, although most sensed activity winding down Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. Downward price pressure evident through most of November eased in Southern Pine; despite a fair degree of absenteeism, buyers filled near-term needs and some secondaries staked out long positions. Upward momentum from last week’s late rally carried into Monday in Western S-P-F.

  This Week
Nov 25
Last Week
Nov 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $315 $316 $364
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 258 253 334
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 357 357 425
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 297 300 313
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 403 405 407
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 317 320 340
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 660 660 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items


Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Demand for structural panels faded as the holiday weekend approached in the U.S. OSB producers with loads available for quick shipment accepted counters and searched for business, but those with order files into December coasted into the Thanksgiving holiday. In Southern Pine plywood markets, low sales expectations for the holiday week were essentially met. Activity was fairly steady Tuesday as traders tied up loose ends before the break. Activity in western Fir plywood was tempered other than a few spurts of sales that popped up sporadically through the week. 

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Nov 25
Last Week
Nov 20
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $367 $367 $395
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-395 360-395 445-485
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 367-400 367-398 450-487
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 346 346 415
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 257 257 215
*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 8-page issue, excluding the regular “Through a Knothole” section. This is customary for Thanksgiving week. Our regular 12-page format will resume next week, with publication of the December 4 issue.

Friday, November 27, 2015


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