U.S.: Softwood and panel markets - Week 48, 2018

December 03, 2018
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A mostly measured sales pace was reported across the gamut of framing lumber species. Modest upward momentum from activity in previous weeks carried over in some cases, but soft spots developed as well. Seasonal slowing was at the heart of the lackluster pace, with wet and wintry weather a factor in some regions. Timing was also a factor, as buyers kept a close eye on year-end inventory levels. Amid modest ups and a few downs, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price edged up $1, to $343. 

  This Week
Nov 30
Last Week
Nov 21
Year Ago
2017
Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price* $343 $342 $436
KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price 346 351 478
KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes 413 410 547
Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland) 280 280 460
Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L 394 391 448
KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L 340 332 490
Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L 785 780 730
* Weighted average of 15 key items

Random Lengths Panel Market Report

Structural panel prices faded amid lackadaisical trading. Numerous OSB producers had loads available for quick shipment, and they listened for counters to sell volume. Buyers lacked urgency, citing a seasonal slowdown and sufficient inventories for the time of year. Early trading was steady in Southern Pine plywood markets, but sales were elusive in the latter half of the week. Western Fir plywood buyers lacked urgency following the long holiday weekend. Activity was uneven at best for most mills. 

(f.o.b. mill prices) This Week
Nov 30
Last Week
Nov 21
Year Ago
2017
Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price* $377 $383 $433
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood 360-390 360-390 405-470
Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 365-395 365-395 410-475
Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood 354 357 442
North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board 230 245 315
*Weighted average of 11 key items