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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 May 18, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 20  2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Prices of framing lumber surged further into record territory, as robust seasonal demand overwhelmed supplies. Steep double-digit price hikes were the rule in all species, with buyers and sellers acknowledging that this run was unprecedented. Producers’ attempts to dissuade buyers with sharply higher quotes typically failed, as buyers stepped up and readily paid those asking levels. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price skyrocketed $25 for the week to a record $568.





  This Week
May 18
Last Week
May 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $568 $543 $409
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 647 619 380
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 716 676 472
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 595 563 392
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 593 581 442
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 645 615 415
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 760 760 690
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices climbed higher amid steady trading and tight supplies. Sparse mill offerings pushed OSB sheathing prices up by double digits across North America. Producers raised quotes throughout the week, while extending order files primarily into the week of June 11. Moderate upward price momentum persisted in Southern Pine plywood amid steady demand from buyers addressing immediate needs. Steady trading with an uptick on Wednesday gave the western Fir plywood market a buoyant tone.





(f.o.b. mill prices)

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 18
Last Week
May 11
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $557 $545 $412
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 540-575 530-570 360-385
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 545-580 535-575 365-390
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 547 538 411
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 430 415 330
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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


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