Despite the Fourth of July weekend typically being the lowest-demand period of the year for many utilities and end-users, the fact that holiday weather would continue to be a scorcher in several regions proved to be sufficient in causing rebounds at a majority of points Friday, as a producer had correctly predicted a day earlier (see Daily GPI, July 1). Thursday’s 5.9-cent futures gain following a modestly bullish storage injection report was an additional cash market booster.
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It appeared that market watchers were engaged in a round of “buy the rumor, sell the fact” following Thursday’s news from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) that 164 Bcf was withdrawn from natural gas storage for the week ending Dec. 10. Immediately following the report, front-month futures values plummeted toward $4.
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In a typical case of “buy the rumor, sell the fact,” August natural gas futures pushed higher in early Thursday morning trade in anticipation of a bullish storage injection for the week ending July 16. However, once the news broke of a 51 Bcf injection, front-month values came off a bit. While the August contract went on to close the session 13 cents higher at $4.643, some market watchers were surprised the rally wasn’t larger considering the bullish injection, extended summer heat and a tropical depression bearing down on the Gulf of Mexico.
Unimpressed with the fact that storage refills have officially fallen below last year’s record pace, July natural gas futures values on Thursday probed support for the second day this week as the prompt-month contract recorded a low of $4.698 before closing out the day’s regular session at $4.748, down 5.6 cents from Wednesday’s finish.