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Dominion, CNG Must Sell VA Distributor for Regulatory OK

Dominion Resources Inc. and Consolidated Natural Gas Co. (CNG)have agreed to sell CNG’s Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) distributionsubsidiary in exchange for Virginia regulators’ support for theirproposed merger.

August 10, 1999

Prices, Returns Must Rise to Produce 30 Tcf

The magical 30 Tcf annual natural gas market goal is very much arealistic prospect on the demand side, but much more problematicfrom a U.S. supply perspective, according representatives of largeand small producers addressing a national meeting of stateregulators this week.

July 22, 1999

Futures: What Can’t Go Up Must Come Down

After three consecutive days marked by the bullish pattern ofhigher highs and higher lows, the futures market receded yesterdayon a wave of selling pressure by both commercial and local traders.June wilted into its daily close, tumbling 8.1 cents lower tofinish at $2.262.

May 19, 1999

Cash Uses Screen as Springboard for Small Increases

Fundamental weather demand didn’t change much, so it must havebeen the impetus from a rising Henry Hub futures contract thatallowed cash prices to post widespread small gains Tuesday, sourcessaid. Few of the increases were much more than 1-3 cents except forSumas, where prices rose as a force majeure remained in effect atWestcoast’s McMahon Processing Plant (see Transportation Notes).

February 3, 1999

No Holiday Cheer for Producers in Plunging Prices

Producers must have thought the Grinch was stealing Christmasearly when they saw the abyss-like depths to which December swingprices were sinking Monday. “I’ve never seen it [the spot market]dump so hard in my life!” exclaimed a Midcontinent trader.

December 1, 1998

Pipes Should Drop SFV; Volumetric Rates

If pipelines want the freedom to negotiate competitive deals,they must first get rid of the “most notorious symbol of marketpower” – the straight-fixed variable rate design (SFV) – and offervolumetric rates, Dynegy Marketing and Trade told FERC last week.

July 13, 1998

August Futures Post Solid Gain

ÿBetter late than never, bullish traders must have thought onTuesday. After posting a extremely light trading session on Monday,the spot August Nymex futures contract exploded 8.0 cents higher tosettle Tuesday at $2.469. The contract managed to hit a high of$2.485 amid a session when a robust 52,644 estimated totalcontracts changed hands.

July 1, 1998

Price Rout Has Suppliers Hollering ‘Mayday!’

May 1 is known as May Day, celebrated as a springtime festivalin some countries, according to Webster’s. But Friday must haveseemed like “Mayday” (international distress call) to many tradersas they watched cash prices crumble to levels that were virtuallyunimaginable last month. A few Gulf Coast points were sinking below$2 in widely ranging quotes.

May 4, 1998
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