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31, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 35 2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Amid a mix of expectations coming into the week, only those at the low end of the spectrum were met. Buyers waited to see what developed after the holiday, with many questioning whether current prices represented “good values.” Producers rode order files or dug in against deep counters. Weakness in futures, with the September contract close drawing near, kept buyers cautious or anticipating opportunities through the board. On the strength of Southern Pine #2 2x4, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price ticked up $2. 




  This Week
Aug 31
Last Week
Aug 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $453 $451 $403
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 480 480 395
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 574 580 485
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 445 447 455
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 453 440 360
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 460 457 420
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 775 775 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Lackadaisical sales as the holiday weekend approached were just enough to keep structural panel prices firm. Demand for OSB waned, as markets across North America eased into the Labor Day weekend. Prices flattened in all producing regions. Southern Pine plywood sales slowed in late trading, but steady demand was evident through most of the week. Activity in western Fir plywood was steady to start the week, but tapered off as traders got a jump on the holiday weekend.





(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Aug 31
Last Week
Aug 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $471 $470 $461
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 440-475 435-475 400-420
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 445-480 440-480 405-425
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 492 495 482
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 345 345 414
*Weighted average of 11 key items



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


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