Natural Gas Futures Find Support After Domestic Storage Data

Natural gas futures may have finally found solid support as freezing temperatures across parts of the country have boosted demand. Natural gas futures are up almost one-half cent today currently trading at $2.205 per BTU at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Today the US Energy Information Administration announced natural gas storage in the week ending last Friday declined by 211B cubic feet – compared to expectations of only 207B. This is reportedly the biggest drop in natural gas storage since February of last year.

The big question for natural gas (futures) now is how is the weather forecasted to behave next, followed by where is the real support for this market?” said Laura Taylor, a senior market strategist at RJO Futures in Chicago, sharing her fundamental assessment of the natural gas futures market. Taylor added,The natural gas trade had been dropping to the lowest prices ever and this technical bounce higher puts the trade at a crossroad.”

Natural gas futures appear to be in an early phase of a possible uptrend. However, consumers can be confident natural gas futures may require more fundamental changes to reverse and sustain higher – still too early to tell.

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