Basis blowouts are getting to be an unwelcome habit for Rockies producers. The previous week had begun with triple-digit plunges that took most Rockies points to sub-$2 averages and then to less than a dollar the next day. On Tuesday the regional market wasted no time in getting off to sub-dollar pricing in post-holiday trading. Elsewhere, quotes were mostly softer but mixed with occasional gains of up to about half a dollar.
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There’s no denying that El Paso Natural Gas has a bad habit ofattracting controversy, but its latest move seems a bit moremasochistic than usual.
The April Nymex contract returned to its recent habit of tightdaily trading ranges Tuesday by containing its movements between$2.295 and $2.345. That tight range only allowed April to lose 2.1cents for the day to $2.330, despite the fact that nearly 60,000total estimated contracts changed hands.