In concert with a one-two combination of bullish private and governmental weather forecasts, the natural gas futures market spiked briefly above the $7.50 mark Wednesday as non-commercial fund traders reversed to the long side of the market. As it turned out, that may have been an expensive decision because prices tumbled Wednesday afternoon nearly as quickly as they had risen.
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Bullied by sudden and seldom-seen agreement between private and governmental weather forecasting agencies last week, natural gas futures spiked 40-50 cents higher Wednesday evening and Thursday as traders initiated long positions that they had liquidated over the past several weeks.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) agreed to a $3 million settlement with Dynegy Inc. Tuesday, settling the first of its far-reaching “round-trip” energy probes, as well as completing its scrutiny of an off-balance sheet transaction.