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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.
Wintry weather took a toll on sales of framing lumber, while also generating production and transportation problems. An overall dull sales pace resulted in more and wider cracks in prices, although producers usually did not aggressively seek orders with hefty discounts. Buyers at all levels of the market stuck to fill-ins, often looking for coverage out of distribution yards and reloads. The softening trend pushed the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price down $1, a third-straight weekly dip.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$356||$357||$315|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||308||313||265|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||406||408||360|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||345||345||290|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||426||428||405|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||350||350||303|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||595||600||660|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Structural panel markets groped for a direction, and trading was thin. The conversation among OSB traders focused primarily on winter weather. Sales slowed to a crawl as snow, ice, and bitterly cold temperatures stifled the flow of panels to retail yards and job sites. Demand for prompt shipment kept Southern Pine plywood mill sales steady. But buyers lacked urgency in replenishing inventories. The sales pace in western Fir plywood was measured, as buyers and producers struggled to reach mutually agreeable trading levels.
(f.o.b. mill prices)
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$369||$370||$356|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||345-375||345-380||370-400|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||345-380||345-385||370-400|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||362||370||344|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||282||282||235|
|*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
- Outlook 2017 — Improvements: Modest forecast growth in spending on home repairs and remodeling this year provide a stable outlook for lumber and structural panel consumption in the sector.
- A preliminary ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission that the U.S. softwood lumber industry has been injured by imports from Canada keeps countervailing and antidumping duty investigations on track.
- A number of U.S. Southern Pine plywood traders have noted a recent drop-off in imported panels from Brazil that compete with domestically produced panels.
- Most wood products retailers began the new year on a more upbeat note, and began to bolster inventories in anticipation of improved sales in the spring, according to Random Lengths’ monthly survey of U.S. dealer sentiment.