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Updated every Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time). Last update: January 13, 2017.

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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

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.

  This Week
Jan 13
Last Week
Jan 6
Year Ago
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



Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Graph



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

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
Jan 13
Last Week
Jan 6
Year Ago
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




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

  • 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.
Friday, January 20, 2017


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