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 May 03, 2019

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 18 2019

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report


Trading in framing lumber took a step back from the prior week’s more active pace. Price trends covered the gamut. Green Douglas Fir led the upside, posting double-digit increases on some dimension items. Southern Pine was most vulnerable to price cuts. In the West, trends were mostly flat to higher, while Canadian S-P-F prices were flat to narrowly mixed. All told, gains outdistanced losses, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price edged up a second consecutive week. 


  This Week
Apr 26
Last Week
Apr 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $351 $350 $506
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 323 312 565
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 410 418 640
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 302 295 530
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 405 405 560
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 355 365 570
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 860 860 755
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report


Structural panel prices firmed amid a moderately faster sales pace. Solid carryover from last week’s faster pace led to double-digit price increases in western markets for OSB sheathing for the first time since last August. Most of the week’s volume in Southern Pine plywood traded below last week’s reported prices. But traders noted subsiding downward price pressure in rated sheathing after mills sold prompt loadings and extended order files. Truckload buyers of western Fir plywood sought only small concessions from producers when filling inventory holes. Despite an uptick in demand late last week, Canadian plywood volumes available for quick shipment remained in play early. 


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 3
Last Week
Apr 26
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $353 $354 $536
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-395 367-400 520-560
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-400 372-407 525-565
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 355 355 527
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 185 180 410
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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


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