Weekend prices were moderately higher in the East Friday but offa few cents at most western points as last week’s troublesome heatwave in California continued to subside. Nearly all areas wereseeing lower numbers in late trading, sources said.

Pipes outside the West tended to range from flat to a littleless than a dime higher, with most making gains around a nickel.The declines occurred in California, the Southwest basins and someRockies points. Waha was a rare Southwest point to advance morethan a nickel. Although feeling less pull from the west thanpreviously, Waha gas was changing direction and heading into theintrastate Texas and Midwest markets, one trader said. Midwestcitygates recorded some of Friday’s biggest increases.

A Northeast buyer said he made Texas Eastern M-3 purchases forSaturday only because the region, while warming up Friday andSaturday, was due to cool off again starting Sunday. His first M-3deal was in the low $4.80s, but a later one was a dime lower.

Intra-Alberta was one of the few western markets besides Waha tomove higher. A marketer trading on either side of C$5.20 saidquotes were moving with the screen as usual, but getting softer inlate business. “Anybody with length was hitting the offersimmediately,” he said. That may have been related to NOVA’s plan toreduce linepack this week (see Transportation Notes), he added.

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