Investing.com - U.S. natural gas futures ended Friday's session
at a four-day low, as updated weather forecasting models continued
to call for slightly warmer than normal temperatures over the next
Spring and fall see the weakest demand for natural gas in the
U.S, as the absence of extreme temperatures curbs demand for
heating and air conditioning.
Approximately 52% of U.S. households use natural gas for
heating, according to the Energy Department.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas for delivery in
June lost 0.95%, or 4.5 cents, to settle at $4.658 per million
British thermal units by close of trade on Friday.
Natural gas fell to $4.672 per million British thermal units
earlier in the session, the lowest since April 28.
Futures were likely to find support at $4.648 per million
British thermal units, the low from April 28 and resistance at
$4.823, the high from May 1.
Natural gas prices tumbled 2% on Thursday after the U.S. Energy
Information Administration said in its weekly report that natural
gas storage in the U.S. rose by 82 billion cubic feet last week,
above forecasts for an increase of 75 billion cubic feet.
Inventories rose by 41 billion cubic feet in the same week a
year earlier, while the five-year average change for the week is a
build of 58 billion cubic feet.
Total U.S. natural gas storage stood at an 11-year low of 981
billion cubic feet. Stocks were 790 billion cubic feet less than
last year at this time and 984 billion cubic feet below the
five-year average of 1.965 trillion cubic feet for this time of
Producers would need to add 2.6 trillion to 2.9 trillion cubic
feet to storage by November 1 to meet typical winter demand,
Despite losses suffered on Thursday and Friday, Nymex
inched up 0.34%, or 1.6 cents for the week.
Data from the Commodities Futures Trading Commission released
Friday showed that hedge funds and money managers decreased their
bullish bets in natural gas futures in the week ending April
Net longs totaled 113,192 contracts, down 6.68% from net longs
of 121,300 in the previous week.
Elsewhere in the energy complex, U.S. crude oil for June
delivery settled at $99.76 a barrel by close of trade on Friday,
down 0.83%, or 84 cents a barrel, on the week.
Meanwhile, heating oil for June delivery lost 1.91% on the week
to settle at $2.923 per gallon by close of trade Friday.
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