Foundering Futures Close Out July Trading

The futures market concluded what one trader described as a”tumultuous trading week” by slipping for the fifth straight day,leaving futures at their lowest level since March 1997. There was alittle something for everyone in the market last week: speculativeselling, a bullish storage report, and even a little hurricanehype. The only thing missing from trading last week was a dayregistering a gain. That left even the most bullish of tradersscratching their horns wondering when the market will reverse itsdowntrend. The September contract closed at $1.844 on Friday, down6.2 cents. Friday’s With that, the market concluded the month ofJuly. A month that saw major declines in both cash and futuresmarkets eroding the September contract nearly 30 percent of itsJuly 1 value.

August 3, 1998

Oklahoma Governor Expected to Sign Gas Gathering Bill

Oklahoma gas producers are close to declaring victory in abattle with the state’s pipeline companies. New legislationexpected to be signed by the governor within two weeks would givestate regulators greater authority to settle gathering disputes,ensure producers are provided open access to gas transportation,and to ensure the rates, terms and conditions of gatheringcontracts are just, reasonable and nondiscriminatory.

May 29, 1998

LG&E, KU Close Merger Deal

Kentucky’s two largest electric utilities – Louisville Gas andElectric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) – announced theyclosed their merger deal yesterday, setting the stage for thecombined energy company to become a “more formidable” regionalutility competitor.

May 5, 1998
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