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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.
Traders had a mix of feelings about the framing lumber market, but sales overall were steady to active in the field, and the overall tone was bullish. Activity among producing regions was mixed, as well. While the buzz from the previous week died down in western species, upward momentum intensified in Southern Pine, with many traders noting that demand was unusually strong for mid-August. Eastern S-P-F also picked up. The Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price marched $6 higher, to $398.
|Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price*||$398||$392||$354|
|KD Western S-P-F #2&Btr 2x4 R/L Mill Price||363||359||328|
|KD Eastern S-P-F #1&2 2x4 R/L, delivered Great Lakes||450||446||417|
|Green Douglas Fir Std&Btr 2x4 R/L (Portland)||350||347||312|
|Southern Pine (Westside) #2 2x4 R/L||478||462||368|
|KD Coast Hem-Fir #2&Btr 2x4 R/L||375||370||350|
|Ponderosa Pine (Inland) #2&Btr 1x12 R/L||685||685||655|
|* Weighted average of 15 key items|
Structural panel trading drifted. Sales and price trends were a mixed bag in OSB. In general terms, the farther south the mill, the better the sales prospects. Sales of Southern Pine rated sheathing dragged, and some mills quietly opened to discounts to extend order files. A few producers had loads available to ship the week of August 25, but most were booked into early September. Western Fir plywood sales were mixed in an uneven week of trading.
(f.o.b. mill prices)
|(f.o.b. mill prices)||This Week
|Random Lengths Structural Panel Composite Price*||$410||$410||$386|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 3-ply rated sheathing plywood||477-515||482-520||395-420|
|Southern (west-east) 15/32-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||480-525||482-530||403-430|
|Western 1/2-inch 4-ply rated sheathing plywood||521||524||415|
|North Central 7/16-inch Oriented Strand Board||215||210||252|
|*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
- Production trends have resulted in a wild swing in prices of green vs.dry Douglas Fir #2&Btr 2x4.
- The ongoing struggle to find enough trucks to haul wood products has some producers looking at acquiring or expanding their own fleets.
- Market share of radiant barrier OSB sheathing is expanding in California, Texas, and the Southeast.
- U.S. Housing Indicators: Sales of new and existing homes mostly trended up in the second quarter, while housing starts and permits faltered in three of four regions.