May natural gas futures moved to the front of the curve for the first time Thursday and took a beating after a bearish storage print affirmed supply/demand imbalance concerns heading into shoulder season.


At A Glance:

  • EIA posts big inventory increase
  • Strong cooling demand on way
  • Production remains off from highs

The May Nymex gas futures contract lost 8.0 cents day/day and settled at $2.104/MMBtu. June fell 9.0 cents to $2.358.

NGI’s Spot Gas National Avg. advanced 11.0 cents to $2.580, fueled by gains in the West. Prices, though, remained weak in most regions. 

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