Glance

Most Points Up Again, But Hints of Softness Appear

At first glance Thursday’s market looked similar to the one a day earlier: mostly small gains outweighing minor losses. However, there were fewer and smaller double-digit increases Thursday, while at the same time there were more and larger declines. The trend hinted at the possibility of cash numbers ending the week the same way they started, with softness dominant.

November 18, 2011

Futures Break $5 Resistance to Notch Nine-Month High

November natural gas futures on Tuesday dismissed resistance at $5 without so much as a glance as the contract reached a high of $5.195 before closing out the regular session at $5.161, up 32.6 cents from Monday’s regular session finish. The last time a front-month contract traded higher was back on Jan. 14 when the February contract reached $5.235.

October 21, 2009

Climate Change, Clean Coal Both on Radar of New CPUC Commissioner

While they appear at first glance to be strange bedfellows, even in California’s unpredictable regulatory milieu, the newest regulator on the five-member California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Dian Grueneich, told an industry group earlier this month that she is a strong advocate for both addressing global climate change and exploring clean coal power generation options. Coming from a Democrat who was appointed late last year by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, that should not be too surprising.

February 28, 2005

Climate Change, Clean Coal Both on Radar of New CPUC Commissioner

While they appear at first glance to be strange bedfellows, even in California’s unpredictable regulatory milieu, the newest regulator on the five-member California Public Utilities Commission, Dian Grueneich, told an industry group Friday she is a strong advocate for both addressing global climate change and exploring clean coal power generation options. Coming from a Democrat who was appointed late last year by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, that should not be too surprising.

February 23, 2005

After a Winter of Mistaken Forecasts, Record Prices, What Will Summer Bring?

“El Nino” apparently isn’t Spanish for “low natural gas prices.” Glance at last week’s record and near-record Gulf Coast and Northeast spot gas prices, a rare operational flow order on Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line and another in a string of cold fronts walloping the Northeast and it’s clear weather forecasters got it wrong this winter in a big way.

March 3, 2003

After a Winter of Mistaken Forecasts, Record Prices, What Will Summer Bring?

“El Nino” apparently isn’t Spanish for “low natural gas prices.” Glance at Tuesday’s record and near-record Gulf Coast and Northeast gas prices, a potential rare operational flow order on Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line and another in a string of cold fronts walloping the Northeast and it’s clear weather forecasters got it wrong this winter in a big way.

February 26, 2003

SEC Adopts Detailed ESOP Requirements in Wake of Enron

In what at first glance appears to be part of the continuing fallout from the rapid downfall and bankruptcy of Enron Corp., the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week amended its rules and forms to require more transparent company disclosures of employee stock option plans (ESOP) and other equity compensation arrangements.

December 27, 2001

NiSource Earnings Drop 22%, Short of Estimates

A glance at NiSource’s second quarter earnings tells a lot aboutwhy it’s looking to Columbia for help. While Columbia won praisefrom analysts for beating second quarter earnings expectations witha 15% jump in net income to $26.1 million, or 32 cents per share,it’s hostile suitor NiSource struggled and fell short of WallStreet expectations by $0.03/share, reporting a 22% drop in netincome to $22.9 million or $0.18/share, from $29.5, or $0.24/sharein 2Q98.

July 30, 1999