Investing.com - Natural gas futures rose on Friday on forecasts
that colder weather will return for much of the U.S. in early
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for
delivery in February traded at USD3.463 per million British thermal
units, up 1.49%.
Forecasts for cold weather to return in January pushed up prices.
The lower 48 states will experience cooler-than-normal temperatures
in the next 10 days, according to various weather services, which
should prompt more households and businesses to turn up the
Earlier forecasts made this week predicted slightly warmer
temperatures in store for the U.S., which pushed prices down in
earlier sessions, giving them room to rebound on Friday.
The heating season from November through March sees peak demand for
About half of U.S. households use gas for heating purposes,
according to Energy Department data.
Elsewhere, U.S. natural gas storage fell less than expected last
week, official data revealed on Friday.
In a report, the Energy Information Administration said that U.S.
natural gas storage fell by 72 billion cubic feet last week to
3.652 trillion cubic feet, less than a decline of 82 billion cubic
feet in the preceding week.
Analysts had expected U.S. natural gas storage to fall 76 billion
cubic feet last week, though markets focused more on weather
Elsewhere on the NYMEX, light sweet crude oil futures for delivery
in February were down 0.19% and trading at USD90.70 a barrel, while
heating oil for February delivery were down 0.89% and trading at
USD3.0219 per gallon.
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