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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

September 07, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 36 2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Framing lumber traders who had anticipated a stronger pace of sales coming out of the Labor Day holiday were disappointed. Sales of dimension and studs were slow across North America, and many prices softened. In a number of markets, what little demand that emerged was focused on upper grades. Sales to truss manufacturers were steady, and prices were mostly firm to higher. However, the overall pace was lackadaisical. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price was unchanged.


  This Week
Sep 7
Last Week
Aug 31
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $453 $453 $410
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 478 480 406
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 565 574 496
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 440 445 460
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 465 453 370
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 460 460 430
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 775 775 675
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices fluctuated mildly amid lackadaisical trading. OSB sales were lackluster in all producing regions following the Labor Day holiday. Most traders cited extended vacations and back-to-school distractions for the market’s quiet tone. Southern Pine plywood sales were steady, but slower than many traders anticipated. Mills fell back on order files and resisted counters. Activity in western Fir plywood was slow coming out of the long weekend, surprising traders who expected an active start to September. 



(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Sep 7
Last Week
Aug 31
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $471 $471 $483
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 443-475 440-475 450-475
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 448-480 445-480 455-480
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 487 492 509
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 345 345 419
*Weighted average of 11 key items


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


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