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 July 20, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 29 2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

A decidedly bearish tone pervaded framing lumber markets, as downside price pressure intensified. Deep double-digit cuts not seen in more than a year developed, while failing to draw in much buying. Buyers widely sensed additional downside risk, and limited purchases to must-have items. The failure to jump-start mill sales after the Fourth of July, the sharp discount in futures compared to cash, and a weak June housing starts report were all cited as factors promoting fear and caution.



  This Week
Jul 20
Last Week
Jul 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $515 $532 $422
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 555 587 414
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 640 660 501
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 540 555 465
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 483 504 380
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 570 585 425
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 775 775 690
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Random Lengths Panel Market Report

The price arrow continued to point downward in structural panels, although discounts in OSB were much sharper than those seen in plywood. OSB producers in the South took the most aggressive approach to sales, and reported prices finished $30 lower across that region. In Southern Pine plywood, an increase in sales tapered negative perceptions, but prices of rated sheathing slipped further. Western Fir plywood prices slipped, but continued to show more stability compared to Pine plywood and OSB.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jul 20
Last Week
Jul 13
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $502 $520 $448
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 455-495 475-515 377-402
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 460-500 480-520 382-407
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 515 522 500
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 395 415 395
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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


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