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This report contains brief excerpts from our full 12-page newsletter, which includes prices of more than 1,600 lumber and panel items, plus detailed summaries of market activity. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.
Trading picked up in framing lumber markets, although day-to-day activity was inconsistent. Tuesday was generally the busiest day of the week; a limit-up move in futures was enough to push many fence-sitters into the market. Fair trading prevailed through Wednesday, but the pace cooled on Thursday. Springtime weather elevated demand in some markets, but many northern markets were still in need of warmer, drier conditions. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price rose $3, to $336.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$336||$333||$378|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||282||276||354|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||381||381||445|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||300||298||350|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||399||395||398|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||310||310||397|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||670||670||725|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Sales of structural panels remained uneventful, and prices were flat to slightly lower. The impact of month- and quarter-end was felt in some markets as mills needed to discount to sell prompt loads. In OSB, activity was best in the South, where consecutive days of nice weather spurred builders to dig foundations. Most Southern Pine plywood prices were unchanged in quiet trading, but traders remained optimistic about near-term prospects. Some western Fir plywood mills opened to modest counters as order files thinned.
(f.o.b. mill prices)
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$374||$376||$362|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||442-500||442-500||375-410|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||447-508||447-508||383-410|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||425||427||377|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||180||183||213|
|*Weighted average of 11 key items|
Below are headlines of recent articles in the "Through A Knothole" section of our full 12-page newsletter, featuring articles of interest to the industry, including production/price trends, market analysis, trade issues, timber supplies, and much more. Contact Random Lengths for a free sample issue.
This Week in the "Through a Knothole" Section of Random Lengths
- An outbreak of the spruce budworm in eastern forests poses a threat to sawmills and log supplies on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.
- Prices of Southern Pine 4x4 8-foot timbers have soared to all-time highs since hitting a cyclical trough late last year.
- Dry Douglas Fir #2&Btr 2x12 has been as resilient as any item over the past several months. As a result, it now stands at a huge premium to its Hem-Fir counterpart.
- Tight supplies and steady demand have generated historically high premiums of ES-LP #2 and #3 1-inch items to their Ponderosa Pine equivalents.