Investing.com - Natural gas prices extended Friday's gains into
Monday after updated weather forecasts continued to call for
below-normal temperatures across parts of the eastern half of the
U.S. over the coming days.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for
delivery in December traded at USD3.679 per million British thermal
units during U.S. trading, up 0.51%.
The commodity hit a session low of USD3.654 and a high of USD3.705.
The December contract settled up 1.53% at USD3.660 per million
British thermal units on Friday.
Futures were likely to find support at USD3.491 per million British
thermal units, Thursday's low, and resistance at USD3.787, the high
from Oct. 27.
Updated weather forecasting models called for below-normal
temperatures to settle in across parts of the eastern half of the
U.S. during the next ten days.
Forecasts originally called for mild weather during the period, and
the chillier forecasts allowed natural gas prices to rise.
Colder temperatures hike the need for heating this time of year,
increasing demand for natural gas at the nation's thermal power
Cool air will give way to brief warming trends in parts of the
central and eastern U.S. before a fresh blast of arctic air comes
racing in from Canada, according to natgasweather.com, though
doubts as to how far south the system will dip moderated price
Meanwhile, U.S. supply levels also remained in focus. Total U.S.
natural gas storage stood at 3.834 trillion cubic feet as last
week, 2% below last year's unusually high level but 1.5% above the
five-year average for this time of year.
Early withdrawal estimates for this week's storage data range from
15 billion cubic feet to 41 billion cubic feet, compared to a 36
billion cubic feet draw during the same week a year earlier.
The five-year average change for the week is a decline of 2 billion
Elsewhere on the NYMEX, light sweet crude oil futures for delivery
in January were down 0.59% and trading at USD93.94 a barrel, while
heating oil for December delivery were down 0.58% and trading at
USD2.9218 per gallon.
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