The goals of deregulation within the U.S. power markets “remain frustratingly elusive,” with more states retreating from the process and regulators pursuing investigations into trading and accounting practices, said Standard & Poor’s in a report released this month. Noting that restructuring was supposed to induce more efficiencies and reduced prices, S&P said widening credit spreads and equity prices have instead sent investors “fleeing” from the sector — and the trend may continue for some time.
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Small Gains Dominate, but Gulf Coast Retreating Late
Thursday was an excellent day to pursue a sell-early, buy-latestrategy in the Gulf Coast, according to a marketer. He saw TranscoStation 65, Henry Hub and TGT SL uniformly start around $2 even,then get up to $2.03 before falling back to the mid $1.90s in lateactivity. He thought the early cash strength was based on thescreen rising a few cents, but a lack of fundamental demand failedto support the upticks
June 12, 1998
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