Futures Find Support Following ‘Bullish’ 51 Bcf Storage Build

Natural gas traders were given a little surprise Thursday morning when the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that a measly 51 Bcf was injected into underground storage for the week ended Sept. 19. It appears traders should have been focusing a little more on Bentek Energy’s 47 Bcf storage injection estimate rather than the Reuters survey, which produced an average injection estimate in the low 60s Bcf.

September 26, 2008

Record Upstream Spending in ’06 — Few Reserves to Show for It

Worldwide upstream investment of 228 oil and gas producers increased 45% to $401 billion in 2006, more than $1 billion per day, but the record capital spending generated a measly 2% increase in reserves volumes, according to a review by researcher John S. Herold Inc. and upstream adviser Harrison Lovegrove & Co. Ltd.

August 30, 2007

Withdrawal Comes in Below Estimates; March Tumbles 13.7 Cents

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a “measly” 186 Bcf storage withdrawal for the week ending Jan. 26, stunning many market prognosticators who were looking for a draw closer to, or even greater than, 200 Bcf. The March futures contract immediately plummeted more than 20 cents in reaction to the news to $7.435 as of 10:54 a.m. EST. March ended the day down 13.7 cents at $7.530.

February 2, 2007

Futures Rally Unable to Reverse Friday’s Negative Open

Following on the heels of Thursday’s measly one-day, 0.2-cent price retracement, natural gas bears were up to their old tricks Friday as they pressured the futures market to a gap lower open on the daily charts. However, that would prove to be just about the extent of the selling because prices were able to ratchet higher from that point forward as traders covered shorts amid constructive weather outlooks. The October contract finished 1.5-cents weaker at $2.38 in holiday abbreviated trading.

September 4, 2001

June Ekes Out Measly 2.6-Cent Gain on Expiration Day

“Orderly” and “quiet” are not words that typically describe thenatural gas futures market-especially during hectic expiration-daytrading at Nymex. However, yesterday they were fitting descriptionsof a market that was only able to inch higher amid light commercialshort-covering. The June contract closed out its tenure as theprompt month with a 2.6-cent gain to settle at $2.226.

May 27, 1999