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 January 04, 2019

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 1 2019
Random Lengths Lumber Market Report

Traders welcomed a new year, but failed to discern a clear direction for the market amid the holiday-shortened week. While many traders were back in their offices Wednesday, a number of absences were also noted, and traders anticipated it would take a full week to gain a solid feel for the market. Buying was limited to covering immediate needs, and a mix of order file strength generated flat to narrowly mixed price trends across framing lumber species. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped $3, to $329. 



  This Week
Jan 4
Last Week
Dec 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $329 $332 $436
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 326 326 472
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 401 400 536
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 245 250 483
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 381 389 475
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

Most structural panel traders were indecisive in the holiday-shortened week. With the long break over the year-end holidays, OSB traders struggled to get a handle on price trends. Near-term market direction was difficult to assess in Southern Pine plywood markets during the compressed week of trading. Buyers showed little urgency, and sales were slow to develop. Western Fir plywood activity picked up after the holiday, with some mills reporting their strongest sales in months.



(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jan 4
Last Week
Dec 28
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $365 $363 $437
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-390 360-390 450-485
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-395 365-395 455-490
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 355 345 455
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 208 205 305
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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


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