Forward Look

NGI's Forward Look news and data charts the future price of physical natural gas at 78 key trading locations around the country, offering both fixed and basis forward natural gas prices 5+ years out and historical data back to 2012.


Dramatic Turn Colder Leads to Spikes in Natural Gas Forward Prices

A major flip in weather models last weekend turned the natural gas forward markets on their head as a substantial increase in the expected intensity of medium-range cold lifted December prices by an average 39 cents from Nov. 1 to 7. January rose by an average 38 cents, while the balance of winter (January-March) climbed by an average 31 cents, according to NGI’s Forward Look. Read More

BC Pipe Explosion Rattles Downstream U.S. Natural Gas Forward Markets

Pipeline explosion-induced cuts to imported natural gas supplies from British Columbia and strong downstream demand due to a series of cold fronts moving through the United States lifted forward prices across the West, Rockies and even the recently struggling Permian Basin, helping boost the November national average by some 20 cents from Oct. 11-17, according to NGI’s Forward Look. Read More

November NatGas Forwards Soar to Highest Levels in Year; Volatility is Back

Natural gas traders didn’t have to look hard for reasons to drive up forward prices as stubbornly low natural gas storage inventories, delays in service for key pipelines, erratic weather outlooks and a higher-than-usual level of nuclear generation outages caused plenty of jitters mere weeks before the start of winter. November natural gas forward prices rocketed an average 22 cents higher from Sept. 27-Oct. 3, according to NGI’s Forward Look.

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Bulls in Control as October Natural Gas Nets Double-Digit Gain for Shoulder Season

While the term “rally” has been tossed around to describe rather small price movements in natural gas prices in recent months, forward prices did just that from Sept. 13-19 as Nymex futures skyrocketed more than a dime on a single day and other pricing hubs notched gains of as much as 30 cents for the week, according to NGI’s Forward Look. Read More

Warmer Shift in Weather Leads to Small Gains for Natural Gas Forwards; Florence Impacts Still Unclear

October natural gas prices rose less than a nickel on average from Sept. 6-12 as slightly warmer changes in long-range weather outlooks lifted the prompt month. The four-day stretch of gains eased late in the week as traders began considering the demand destruction likely to occur from Hurricane Florence, and although prices appeared poised to firm again Thursday, they ran out of steam just before the close, according to NGI’s Forward Look. Read More