Physical natural gas prices Wednesday rose on average nationally by nearly 3 cents, and most points recorded gains ranging from fractional increases to a few pennies, while more than a handful of locations experienced small losses. Great Lakes and eastern points managed gains of 2-3 cents, but New England couldn’t escape the grip of a soft power market and it was flat to a penny lower. At the close of futures trading, July had added 5.8 cents to $3.963 and August was up 5.8 cents as well to $3.985. July crude oil slipped 20 cents to $98.24/bbl.
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Physical natural gas prices nationally rose on average by 8 cents Tuesday with Gulf points taking the lead. Great Lakes and eastern points were also strong, and at the close of futures trading, July had advanced 3.0 cents to $3.905 and August was 3.0 cents higher as well to $3.927. July crude oil gained 67 cents to $98.44/bbl.
Physical natural gas prices on average rose 8 cents Monday led by strong gains posted by East and Northeast points, hefty screen gains, and buoyant next-day power prices. New England locations proved to be the biggest winners, but eastern points were not far behind. Gulf and California points firmed as well. At the close of futures trading July had advanced 14.2 cents to $3.875 and August rose 13.8 cents to $3.897. July crude oil slipped 8 cents to $97.77/bbl.
Physical natural gas prices on Friday played catch-up with Thursday’s futures collapse, and weekend and Monday gas at all but a handful of points scored double-digit losses averaging 16 cents.
Physical natural gas values fell an average of approximately 8 cents Thursday for Friday delivery as the retreat was in full swing prior to the release of Energy Information Administration (EIA) storage data.
The physical natural gas cash market fell on average by 2 cents Wednesday as traders noted continuing weather-derived weakness at Northeast points. The Midwest was mixed and Gulf points eased a couple of pennies. The spot July contract was finally able to breach the $4.00 barrier and settled 0.3 cent higher at $4.001. August finished unchanged at $4.015, and July crude oil added 43 cents to $93.74/bbl.
Physical natural gas prices overall added 4 cents Tuesday as bidweek trading got into full swing. Traders saw most resorting to historical purchases and sales of bidweek volumes with no one trying to buy or sell index based on expected market direction. Eastern and Northeast points led the day’s advance, but most market points were steady to slightly higher, and only a few reported losses. At the close of futures trading, June had skidded 6.3 cents to $4.174 and July was off 6.0 cents to $4.224. July crude oil added 86 cents to $95.01/bbl.
Physical gas prices overall for the extended holiday weekend fell 3 cents, with double-digit losses posted at California points and losses in place at eastern and Midwest locations as well. About two-dozen points scored gains. Futures prices eased as well, and at the close June had lost 2.4 cents to $4.237 and July was off 2.3 cents to $4.284. July crude oil fell 10 cents to $94.15/bbl.
Physical natural gas fell all of a half cent on average Thursday as traders got most deals done prior to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) report on natural gas inventories.