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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.
Sales picked up in all framing lumber markets, and many prices moved higher. Some mill salesmen reported that it was their best sales week of the year to date. Order files often extended into early to mid-June. While secondaries noted that demand was no runaway, action in the field picked up noticeably. Traders said recent mill curtailments were a factor. A strong week in futures and higher taxes coming on Canadian lumber shipments to the U.S. in June also contributed. April’s housing starts report helped fuel gains in futures.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$312||$310||$382|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||262||251||347|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||358||347||440|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||295||288||320|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||334||345||401|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||300||297||405|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||670||670||750|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Structural panel markets shifted into high gear. A readily perceptible change in tone helped OSB producers bolster order files, and many prices posted their biggest weekly gains of the year to date. A bullish report on U.S. housing starts in April caught buyers’ attention Tuesday. The Southern Pine plywood market came to life Tuesday and Wednesday with a solid shot of business. Wholesalers purchasing long positions were among the most active participants. Western Fir plywood prices firmed or posted gains as an upbeat tone took hold Wednesday and carried into Thursday.
(f.o.b. mill prices)
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$362||$354||$388|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||405-440||390-440||415-445|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||405-440||390-440||415-452|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||394||389||445|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||200||195||235|
|*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
- Random Lengths was published in an abbreviated 8-page version this week without the “Through a Knothole” section, as is customary for the week preceding the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. Our regular format resumes next week with the May 29 issue.