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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 March 09, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 10  2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

The record run in framing lumber prices came to a halt. Cracks in prices widened across the array of species, offering the first definitive signs of softness since December. Buyers sensing the change in tone backed away from offerings at the mills. By week’s end, more producers had trimmed quotes or opened to counters. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price inched up to a new record of $513 at midweek. But weakness in the latter half of the week shaved $2 off the all-time high.





  This Week
Mar 9
Last Week
Mar 2
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $511 $512 $402
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 539 542 354
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 625 625 434
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 580 595 370
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 587 578 484
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 555 560 392
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 740 740 600
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Upward momentum stalled in structural panel markets. A quiet week of sales left prices of OSB unchanged in most producing regions. One notable exception was Western Canada. In Southern Pine plywood markets, reported prices of rated sheathing were mostly unchanged from last week, but mills extended order files amid steady sales. A quiet start to the week had western Fir plywood buyers anticipating that prices would crack. However, a major producer on Wednesday pushed order files out two additional weeks, which led to a firmer tone in the market.





(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 9
Last Week
Mar 2
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $541 $540 $404
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 530-575 530-575 390-415
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 535-580 535-580 390-417
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 550 550 402
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 405 405 305
*Weighted average of 11 key items

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

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