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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 December 14, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 50 2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading in framing lumber limped toward the holidays, as buyers kept a low profile. Prices were flat to mixed, but losers outnumbered gainers and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price posted a second consecutive weekly decline. Buyers placed orders here and there, usually in small lots and specified lengths to fill inventory holes. Some traders noted a mild pickup from some buyers, as deliveries in the new year were assured. But none of it came easy, and caution was evident across all sectors. 



  This Week
Dec 14
Last Week
Dec 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $335 $340 $431
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 310 324 445
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 402 409 529
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 260 270 470
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 396 396 465
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 340 340 490
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 790 790 730
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices slipped amid subdued trading. OSB producers grew more resistant to counters as the week progressed, and order files pushed through December. This was most apparent in the South, where traders shook off a slow start and the market gained momentum by Friday. Urgency remained absent from Southern Pine plywood trading during another week of unexceptional demand. Western Fir plywood sales remained dull for most traders.



(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 14
Last Week
Dec 7
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $364 $370 $426
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-390 360-390 420-470
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-395 365-395 425-475
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 347 351 442
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 205 220 300
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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


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