Tue, February 07, 2023

Natural Gas Declines On Lower-Than-Expected Supply Drawdown

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The most advanced natural gas prices movement has stumped market analysts. They had predicted a descending trend for the energy commodity. This is due to the fact that winter has mostly avoided some of the biggest natural gas consumers this season.

March natural gas futures dropped $0.07, or 2.59%, to $2.632 per million British thermal units (BTU) at 16:30 GMT on Thursday. Notwithstanding the decline on Thursday, natural gas prices are hoping for a higher than 5% increase on the week, as well as a 4% assembly in January.

Domestic inventories of natural gas declined by 128 billion cubic feet for the week closing January 22. This is according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The market had projected a drop of 136 billion cubic feet. In sum, US supplies hold at 2.881 trillion cubic feet, higher than 78 billion cubic feet from the identical time a year ago. They are also 244 billion cubic feet over the five-year average.

Natural gas prices have bounced in new sessions following slipping nearly 8% last week

The energy commodity has been influenced principally by warmer weather courses in the US, hitting demand levels for this time of the year. But with more than a month of winter remaining, the temperatures are starting to come down.

Thanks to the polar vortex, Arctic temperatures push the US, Canada, and Europe, warning of a hard freeze and subzero wind colds in many parts of North America and Europe.

Is it a matter of too little too late for the natural gas markets? Prices are testing the 50-day exponential moving standard as the fundamentals start to develop for the energy commodity. President Joe Biden has placed a moratorium on new drilling on federal lands. Chinese demand is predicted to rise, and the weekly inventory drawdown proceeds to be in the range of market predictions.

But output might yet be a difficulty for natural gas prices. Although US producers have decreased output levels by a moderate volume, they could be compensated by Russia’s constantly raising production.

Overall, natural gas is a long-term bullish outlook because it is crucial to world renewable energy ambitions.

In other energy commodities, March West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures dropped $0.32, or 0.61%, to $52.53 per barrel. March Brent crude futures dropped $0.21, or 0.38%, to $55.32 a barrel. Gasoline futures from March pulled up $0.0064, or 0.41%, to $1.578 a gallon. March heating oil futures collapsed $0.0037, or 0.23%, to $1.6039 per gallon.

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