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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 April 13, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 15  2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

A mix of trends prevailed in trading of framing lumber. While last week’s rally in Canadian S-P-F settled back into a calmer and quieter pace, sales of Coast dry and Southern Pine picked up. Green Douglas Fir, meanwhile, was vulnerable in certain items at some mills, leaving traders of that species off balance. Sales of 2x4 studs were solid, and key prices posted gains through the week. All told, gainers outnumbered losers and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite posted a $2 increase.



  This Week
Apr 13
Last Week
Apr 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $494 $492 $433
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 546 540 392
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 620 612 458
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 540 540 377
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 554 564 478
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 547 535 410
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 755 750 635
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading was lackadaisical. Mill sales of OSB were lethargic, and prices showed little change. Most traders focused on logistical issues or news about which mills were coming back on the market or those that were taking downtime. Southern Pine rated sheathing sales picked up on Wednesday morning, allowing mills to move off lows and extend order files into late April. Western Fir plywood trading was active on specialty panels to start the week. On Wednesday, interest picked up in sheathing.




(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 13
Last Week
Apr 6
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $528 $532 $420
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 490-540 500-545 375-405
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 495-545 505-550 380-410
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 521 529 437
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 405 405 328
*Weighted average of 11 key items



(Source: Used with permission granted by Random Lenghts Publications, Inc.)  


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