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 December 07, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 49 2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Demand for framing lumber was light. Buyers held back amid seasonal slowness, weather, and concerns about the broader U.S. economy. Order files supported mills in holding to established quotes, but budding softness was evident in most producing regions. Traders weighed these issues against announced production cutbacks, both permanent and temporary, but failed to react with any immediate urgency. Declines in a few key items resulted in a $3 drop in the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price. 



  This Week
Dec 7
Last Week
Nov 30
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $340 $343 $434
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 324 346 462
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 409 413 535
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 270 280 465
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 396 394 457
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 340 340 490
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 790 785 730
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel buyers lacked urgency, and prices declined amid ample to abundant mill offerings. OSB trading was sparse across North America. Buyers sought a sometimes-tenuous balance between paring inventories for year-end but keeping enough stock on hand to supply customers. Southern Pine plywood traders navigated a stagnant market that revealed little to no urgency throughout the week. Lackadaisical demand persisted in western Fir plywood markets. A few producers reported more interest in sheathing. 



(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 7
Last Week
Nov 30
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $370 $377 $427
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-390 360-390 410-470
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-395 365-395 415-475
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 351 354 442
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 220 230 300
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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


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