All Agree: Higher Natural Gas Prices This Year

More independent energy analysts last week joined their brethren in raising their forecasts for U.S. natural gas prices this year. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) also lifted its expectations for Henry Hub spot prices in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).

April 15, 2013

Wells Fargo Raises Natural Gas Price Forecast

Energy analysts with Wells Fargo Securities LLC on Wednesday increased their natural gas price forecasts for 2013 and 2014 and cut estimates for 2015.

April 11, 2013

Report: Energy Security a More Realistic Goal than Independence

The United States is already significantly “energy independent” in most sectors, with transportation fuels being the notable exception, according to a Deloitte study. Here, alternative fuels, including natural gas, can bolster U.S. energy security, which is a more attainable goal than independence, the firm said.

October 16, 2012

Northeast Points Ease, But Overall Market Gains; Futures Strong

With the exception of a few Northeast points, physical prices staged a broad rally Tuesday, averaging gains of nearly 11 cents. Moderating temperatures in New England prompted lower quotes on Northeast pipes, and futures managed to join in the rally as well. At the close of futures trading August had gained 7.0 cents to $3.187 and September had risen 6.6 cents to $3.177. September crude oil added 36 cents to $88.50/bbl.

July 25, 2012

Most Points Gain, Yet Rockies, California Slide; Futures Flat

Physical prices rose on average by about 3 cents Friday with gains widespread with the exception of Rockies and California points. Hot weather forecast across the East propelled some prices higher, but California was expected to see a cooling trend. Rockies prices continued to see increased competition from Canada. At the close of futures trading August and September each settled unchanged at $2.874 and $2.869, respectively. August crude oil added $1.02 to $87.10.

July 16, 2012

Most Cash Points, Futures Take Seasonal Slide

Most cash market averages inched lower Tuesday with the exception of a handful of Northeast points, much of the Midcontinent and California locations, which posted gains.

May 30, 2012

White House Asked to Coordinate Federal Review of Fracking

A major producer group has called on the White House to take the lead in coordinating federal reviews of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) with the goal of avoiding redundancy and streamlining work.

March 6, 2012

Weather, Futures Spur Losses at Nearly All Points

Wednesday’s minimal gains proved to be an accurate harbinger of a three-day market rally coming to an end. A flat Westcoast Station 2 was the sole exception to falling quotes at all other locations Thursday as the previous day’s 12.7-cent drop by prompt-month futures joined generally pleasant early-fall weather in applying downward pressure to physical gas numbers.

October 14, 2011

Gas Demand: ‘Not a Lot to Get Excited About’

With the exception of the power generation market, “I don’t see a lot to get excited about” when it comes to natural gas demand, an official with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities Inc. (TPH) told NGI Tuesday.

December 2, 2009

Virtually All Points Fall as Moderate Weather Reigns

One Western Canada point managed to be the exception to overall double-digit price declines continuing Friday. Forecasts of unseasonably moderate late-November temperatures in many areas again were the primary drag on spot quotes, abetted by the usual drop of industrial load during a weekend. As a producer had predicted, Thursday’s rally of 8.8 cents by December futures was unable to induce a similar response in the cash market.

November 23, 2009
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