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 April 05, 2019

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 14 2019

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report


While softness prevailed in prices, trading in framing lumber picked up modestly amid drier and warmer weather in some markets. Increased demand was mostly reported among distributors, wholesalers, and other buyers, while orders were slower to reach back to the mills. Even so, producers picked up on the modestly brighter tone, and some fielded enough orders to take a firmer stance in late trading. Early losses, however, left many prices lower, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slipped for a sixth consecutive week.


  This Week
Apr 5
Last Week
Mar 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $358 $360 $492
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 341 350 540
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 440 445 612
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 302 302 540
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 405 405 564
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 390 393 535
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 860 860 750
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report


Structural panel prices faded as conservative purchasing lagged mill offerings. OSB prices cracked in most producing zones across North America, as a number of mills accepted counters to alleviate buildups and push order files out one to two weeks. Southern Pine plywood trading was inconsistent, but buyers covering immediate needs supported an overall steady week of sales. Western Fir plywood trading remained subdued, leaving mills struggling with thin order files and excess production. Dull Canadian plywood sales left prices flat.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Apr 5
Last Week
Mar 29
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $366 $370 $532
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 380-403 385-405 500-545
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 385-415 390-417 505-550
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 364 365 529
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 200 205 405
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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


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