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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 May 11, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 19  2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber prices raced higher amid a scramble to cover pressing needs. Extended mill order files, rail and truck shortages, and pent-up seasonal demand generated a frenzied market tone. Heavy substitution for limited supplies of Canadian S-P-F helped generate a surge of orders in western species and Southern Pine. Buyers often paid little heed to prices, and put the priority on finding the quickest shipments possible. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price skyrocketed to a record $543. 





  This Week
May 11
Last Week
May 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $543 $525 $420
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 619 598 392
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 676 654 477
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 563 543 395
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 581 570 460
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 615 590 425
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 760 755 685
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel trading gained momentum as the week progressed, and prices increased. OSB sales kicked into high gear in late trading. Distributors and dealers jumped into the market with increased urgency. Reported prices of Southern Pine rated sheathing edged upward amid steady demand from buyers addressing just-in-time needs. In western Fir plywood, steady trading emerged after a sluggish start, and the market finished the week with a solid tone.





(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 11
Last Week
May 4
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $545 $536 $419
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 530-570 520-560 370-395
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 535-575 525-565 375-400
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 538 527 418
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 415 410 333
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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


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