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 May 31, 2019

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 22 2019

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report


Mills idled by wildfires in Western Canada and expectations that more market- or resource-related shutdowns were coming in the region generated stronger sales and stemmed a steep downward slide in prices of Western S-P-F. Even so, prices in all framing lumber species faltered in the holiday-shortened week, leaving traders frustrated with a messy and oversupplied market. Prices of various random dimension and studs posted double-digit drops, and the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price slumped $10.


  This Week
May 31
Last Week
May 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $325 $335 $582
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 286 302 655
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 387 395 725
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 310 317 605
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 347 362 602
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 355 360 660
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 860 860 770
* Weighted average of 15 key items




Random Lengths Panel Market Report


Lethargic sales weighed on structural panel prices in the holiday-shortened week. Prices of OSB softened, with mills in the South most vulnerable to discounts. Producers in that region sought trading levels to clear accumulations. Subdued demand coupled with a perception of an oversupplied market left some Southern Pine plywood prices soft. Western Fir plywood trading remained stuck in a rut. Availability of sheathing continued to outpace demand. Following the prior week’s declines, Canadian plywood prices rebounded in response to a wildfire in Slave Lake, Alberta.


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
May 31
Last Week
May 24
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $348 $350 $570
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-395 360-395 547-580
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-400 365-400 552-590
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 355 358 563
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 190 190 445
*Weighted average of 11 key items





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


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