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 March 23, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 12  2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trends in framing lumber pointed decidedly downward, with cuts deepening in most dry species and a rout befalling green Douglas Fir. The Montreal Wood Convention, a buying show, and the fourth snowstorm in the East in as many weeks contributed to buyers maintaining a low profile and low expectations. Nonetheless, many mill sales representatives worked the phones hard, as they probed for levels that would generate more volume. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price tumbled $15.



  This Week
Mar 23
Last Week
Mar 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $491 $506 $398
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 503 522 360
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 600 612 442
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 525 560 372
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 589 595 467
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 530 550 395
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 745 740 615
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets were mixed. An OSB producer’s announcement that mechanical issues idled its mill indefinitely jolted markets throughout the South. Deep discounts available earlier in the week dried up quickly. Northern OSB markets were mixed. Southern Pine plywood trading took on a softer tone, and some producers discounted small volumes to extend order files. The sales pace in western Fir plywood was quiet, but some traders reported an uptick late in the week.



(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Mar 23
Last Week
Mar 16
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $540 $541 $399
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 525-570 530-575 365-395
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 530-575 535-580 365-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 528 540 405
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 405 405 308
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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

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