Lumber Prices Drop Further on Plentiful Supply


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Veteran players continued to shake their heads in wondering when, and/or if, there will be the usual seasonal lumber sales push at all this year. Indeed, at this time last year prices were rising.

The overall tone in Western S-P-F trading remained unenthusiastic as supply outpaced demand in a trend that has persisted for months.

The number of transactions and their individual volumes was well-shy of typical levels for this time of year. At the same time, accumulated material also seemed to be

dwindling among suppliers, underscoring the sense of leaner supply.
In the week ending June 28, 2024, the price of benchmark softwood lumber item Western Spruce-Pine-Fir 2×4 #2&Btr KD (RL) was US$346 mfbm. This is down -$10, or -3%, from the previous week when it was $356, said weekly forest products industry price guide newsletter Madison’s Lumber Reporter.

That week’s price is down -$38, or -10%, from one month ago when it was $383.

The lumber market remained unbalanced, with consistent reports of oversupply in most species and categories.
Madison’s Lumber Reporter
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KEY TAKE-AWAYS:

  • A negative showing in Futures made buyers even more leery of taking longer positions in dimensional lumber and studs.
  • Sawmills kept their order files around two- to three-weeks on many items.
  • The number of transactions and their individual volumes was well-shy of typical levels for this time of year.
  • Fickle business so far this year had folks on edge.
  • Buyers apparently weren’t interested in covering much more than one- to two-week’s worth of material.
  • Many reload and distribution network were inventories cleaned out thanks to opportunistic participation from multi-family sector buyers.