Bearish Weather Forecast Sends Futures Spiraling

Pressured by the release of another in a string of bearish weather forecasts and in sympathy with losses seen in the nearby crude oil pit, natural gas futures plumbed new three-week lows Monday, as traders continued to liquidate longs acquired during the month of October. The December contract never recovered from its 7-cent gap-lower open and finished with a 19.2-cent loss at $2.733.

November 13, 2001

Active Tropics Keep Futures Bears at Bay

In sympathy with its petroleum complex brethren, and amid concerns that it is not too late in the season to suffer hurricane-related production loss, natural gas futures shuffled higher Monday, after a disappointing opening trade threatened to take the prompt month to new lows. November finished the session at $2.27, 4.3 cents higher for the day and 13 cents above its Oct. 1 lows.

October 9, 2001

Weakness in Crude Oil, U.S. Economy Drag Natural Gas Futures Lower

In sympathy with the largest single-day drop in crude oil prices since the Gulf War, and amid continued fears that a global recession is inevitable, natural gas futures funneled to new 30-month lows Monday, as non-commercial traders extended their short holdings in a market notably devoid of buyers. The October contract was the hardest hit, tumbling 9% or 19.3 cents to close at $1.91. The October contract is set to expire at 2:45 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday, an hour later than other daily settlements this week, in an effort to accommodate the 2:00 p.m. (EDT) release of fresh storage data.

September 25, 2001

Bargain Buying, Crude Gains Lift Gas Futures to Positive Close

On the heels of fresh storage news and in sympathy with gains achieved in the nearby crude oil pit, natural gas futures rebounded from their morning lows Thursday as scale-down buying interest lifted the market to its first positive close since the New York Mercantile Exchange reopened for business last Friday. Buying was almost uniform across all contracts, with November edging out the rest of the strip with a 3.7-cent advance to close at $2.464. October followed not far behind, gaining 3.5 cents to finish at $2.137.

September 21, 2001

CA Power’s High Costs Means Flowers Soon Lost

California’s natural gas industry probably shouldn’t expect anyflowers in sympathy anytime soon. The California Cut FlowerCommission said last week that some of the state’s growers havebegun laying off workers and even sacrificing their Valentine’s Daycrops because they can’t afford to heat their greenhouses.

December 18, 2000

Short-Covering, Mini-Rally Does Little to Dissuade Bears

Buoyed by cold weather in the Northeast U.S. and in sympathywith higher heating oil prices, natural gas futures checked higherin light holiday trading Monday as traders covered shorts initiatedin last week’s sell-off. At the closing bell the November contractwas 14.2 cents higher at $5.15.

October 10, 2000
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