Despite giving the impression in morning trading that Wednesday would record a down day, July natural gas futures bounced off a $5.31 low to settle at $6.415, up three-tenths of a cent on the day.
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Contrary to the impression left by state policymakers nowanxious for California to buy the state’s three investor-ownedutilities’ portion of the state transmission grid, the overworked,congestion-plagued system has had more than 100 upgrade projectstotaling more than $1 billion under way in the past three yearssince the state-chartered independent operator (Cal-ISO) assumedcontrol of the private-sector assets. The utility owners havecontinued to foot the bill for the upgrades and expansions.
The futures market gave the impression it was heading higheryesterday when February opened at Tuesday’s high and quickly tradedto $1.85. But the selling dried up, leaving the market vulnerableto light selling for the rest of the session. The February contractclosed down 5.1 cents for the day at $1.77.
The futures market gave the impression it would finish the weekon a boring note, and for nearly the entire abbreviated tradingsession last Thursday it did just that-trading within a tighttwo-cent range. But that was before bears gave the market a littlepre-Christmas surprise by selling the market into the final bell.The prompt January contract finished 2.5 cents lower at $1.881.Estimated volume was a paltry 24,112 contracts.
The screen’s drop Tuesday didn’t make much of an impression onthe cash market, which was flat at the majority of points. TheMidcontinent tended to be a little weaker than the average asMidwest citygates were down by almost a nickel after a cold fronthad cooled off the region considerably.