October natural gas rose moderately Tuesday as uneventful options trading expired and analysts wondered how much longer drilling can continue under current conditions. October gained 4.5 cents to $3.827 and November rose 3.0 cents to $3.875. November crude oil streaked higher $4.21 to $84.45/bbl in a fit of euro-centric optimism.
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Analysts were not surprised by Monday’s announcement that DuPontintends to sell its stake in Conoco. In fact, some wondered whattook the company so long. “That’s something they’ve [talked about]for a long time and they’re finally acting on that,” said CarolFreedenthal of Houston-based Jofree Corp. “I guess they’ve just gotbetter places they can put their money than the oil and gasbusiness.”