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 December 28, 2018

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 52 2018
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

With just a few days of trading between the holidays, low expectations for activity were largely met. Producers fell back on order files, buoyed in part by downtime through the holiday period. This helped many rebuff any counteroffers that buyers circulated. Distributors and dealers filled inventory holes and purchased little more, as most were content to see what develops in early January. Heavy absenteeism was a factor. Meanwhile, many of those on the job Wednesday and Thursday were busy taking inventory or wrapping up other year-end duties.



  This Week
Dec 28
Last Week
Dec 21
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $332 $332 $433
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 326 321 465
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 400 399 530
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 250 250 475
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 389 393 473
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 340 340 488
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 795 795 735
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel sales slowed to a crawl, which most traders shrugged off as normal for year-end. Skeleton crews manned most OSB sales offices across North America, as many traders took time off between the holidays. Southern Pine plywood trading was about as uneventful as expected with absenteeism following the holiday and a string of heavy rainstorms sweeping through Texas and much of the South. Activity in western Fir plywood markets was dull, which surprised no one given the time of year. 



(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Dec 28
Last Week
Dec 21
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $363 $363 $434
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-390 360-390 440-480
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-395 365-395 445-485
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 345 345 452
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 205 203 305
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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


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