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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.
Framing lumber trading offered a mix of trends amid an uncertain and unsettled tone. Gains were focused on the upper and stress grades, as well as the wide widths of #2&Btr in Coast species. In contrast, Southern Pine #2 2x8&wdr fell hard as mills aggressively sought to avoid buildups. Weakness was also widely apparent in 2x4 studs, especially 9-foot. In between were Western and Eastern S-P-F, which held near established levels. All told, the Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite gained $3.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$384||$381||$353|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||354||354||323|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||445||445||415|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||340||340||318|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||428||413||362|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||367||365||342|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||700||710||615|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Structural panel trading was mixed, but urgency faded overall. Quiet sales persisted in OSB, and prices remained in a flat-to-down trend. A number of traders remained perplexed by the disconnect between plywood and OSB prices. Southern Pine plywood sales cooled as the week progressed, but upward price pressure was unabated. Most mills finished the week quoting shipments for the week of August 18 or beyond. Some western Fir plywood buyers scrambled to cover needs throughout the week, and any offerings were promptly scooped up.
(f.o.b. mill prices)
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$405||$392||$395|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||465-505||435-475||390-410|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||477-515||453-490||395-425|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||515||485||402|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||210||213||270|
|*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
- Green production once accounted for more than 80% of Douglas Fir output in the West. But dry kiln capacity has steadily risen, and green and dry production is now split about half and half.
- OSB captured a record share of North American structural panel production in the second quarter.
- Increased production of OSB and better end-use demand for plywood largely account for record price premiums in Western Fir and SYP plywood over OSB.
- Shipments from Europe, including Russia, drove robust gains in Chinese softwood lumber imports during the first half. North American shipments edged up 2%.