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U.S. lumber and panel market reports

 December 21, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 51 2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Trading was mixed, as sales picked up in some regions and others coasted toward the holidays. A sense that the cash market held value as futures advanced at midweek gave many Western S-P-F traders confidence at bottom had been found. This resulted in moderate gains in #2&Btr 2x4 and 2x6. Sales of dry framing also perked up in the Coast and Inland regions, lifting the late-year tone in those species. Southern Pine trading was measured, but inquiries from buyers in Texas increased moderately. 



  This Week
Dec 21
Last Week
Dec 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $332 $335 $432
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 321 310 457
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 399 402 528
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 250 260 472
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 393 396 470
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 340 340 490
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 795 790 730
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel markets took on a more solid tone as the holidays approached, despite measured trading. Prices of OSB headed into the holiday on a firmer footing. Mills in the South raised quotes above last week’s reported levels after extending order files as far as late January. Lingering softness dissipated in Southern Pine plywood markets. Buyers were more willing to address first-quarter needs. Some western Fir plywood traders reported a dull week of trading, but others noted an uptick.



(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 21
Last Week
Dec 14
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $363 $364 $431
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-390 360-390 435-480
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-395 365-395 440-485
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 345 347 450
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 203 205 300
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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


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