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Natural Gas Prices Pressured By Warm Weather And Weak Supply/Demand Balances

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5:04PM


May natural gas prices closed today's trading session down about 5 cents on the day, arriving there by way of a general slow decline throughout the day.

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The decline was felt throughout the natural gas strip, but was focused most on the front month contracts.

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Initially, the decline was due to a significant warming trend in overnight weather models, forcing forecasts to lower demand estimates this morning.

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This change pushed the 15-day forecast solidly to the warmer side of normal, and much warmer than the same period one year ago.

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On the supply side, natural gas production has finally returned back to near-record highs.

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With the increase in supply combined with the warmer, lower demand weather changes, we warned in our morning report that there was a "slightly bearish" risk to natural gas prices today.

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This worked out well, as prices did fall another 3-4 cents from the time our report was issued, with the supply/demand picture weak, and longer range weather data showing little sign of notably boosting demand.

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