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July 26, 2019

U.S.: Lumber and panel market report ---- Week 30 2019

Random Lengths Lumber Market Report


The measured pace in framing lumber trading that began in early July persisted into the latter part of the month. Some traders called it the summer doldrums, but many agreed a general malaise engulfed the market, with overall production outstripping demand. Traders looked for more production curtailments to help balance supply and demand, but little developed this week on that front. Soft prices in various species pushed the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price down another $5, to $351.


  This Week
Jul 26
Last Week
Jul 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $351 $356 $491
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 322 338 587
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 427 435 660
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 350 350 555
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 379 379 504
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 370 375 585
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 850 850 775
* Weighted average of 15 key items



Random Lengths Panel Market Report


A lack of enthusiasm enveloped trading of structural panels and often led to price cuts to secure orders. Lethargic demand for OSB through much of the week prompted producers to entertain counters that spanned a wide range depending on volume. Steeper discounts surfaced for carloads of Southern Plywood, as producers struggled to maintain order files. Western Plywood prices were flat to down. Mills with surplus inventories were unable to sell lingering excesses. Prices of Canadian Plywood eroded modestly.  


(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Jul 26
Last Week
Jul 19
Year Ago
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $343 $345 $479
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 335-365 340-375 475-515
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 340-370 345-380 480-520
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 357 360 522
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 218 214 415
*Weighted average of 11 key items




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


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