Futures Return to Gains as Temperature Becomes Key Focus

Shrugging off a 9.1-cent loss Thursday related to profit-taking, the June natural gas futures contract climbed right back into things Friday, closing up 7.5 cents on the day to settle at $6.294. Friday capped a wild week that saw a 36.9-cent breakout gain on Monday, vaulting the prompt month well over the psychological $6 mark.

May 10, 2004

Piedmont Calls for Energy Policy; Warns Customers of Higher Gas Prices

Noting that a normal temperature winter could bring a 20-30% increase to its customers’ natural gas bills, Piedmont Natural Gas warned that a colder than normal period could send those bills much higher.

July 8, 2003

Amid Bullish Technicals And Fundamentals, Futures Tack on Gains

Despite an early dip and a temperature reprieve forecasted by the National Weather Service (NWS), natural gas futures stayed hot Monday, as traders continued to cover shorts following last week’s 14% rally. Saving their best for last, bulls were most active at the close Monday, as they pushed the September contract an additional 4% higher on the day to $3.267, a 11.8-cent gain for the session. Estimated volume was heavy with 105,487 contracts changing hands.

August 20, 2002

Transportation Notes

Citing “increasing soil and ambient temperature” that requires adecrease in its target linepack, NOVA is offering to sell up to190,000 gigajoules to customers. The pipeline will accept purchasetenders tied to a Canadian index through 1 p.m. MDT Thursday. Thegas will be sold through inventory transfers in approximately evenincrements over a period of up to 14 days starting around May 15,NOVA said. Call Jeff Stoffregen at (403) 541-4726 or Donna Taillonat -4802 for more information.

May 9, 2000

Northeast Prices Sink as Other Points Tread Water

While the American Gas Association (AGA) report loomed at theend of Wednesday’s trading, moderate temperature forecasts and theeasing of New England and New York electricity jams were enough tocause drops of more than a nickel in the Northeast. The New Yorkcitygate ended the day in the mid $2.50s after ascending to the mid$2.70s on Monday.

June 10, 1999
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