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Natural Gas News: Choppy Trade Mirroring Weather Oscillations

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Natural Gas Market Outlook: Weather and Supply Influences on Futures

Recent fluctuations in U.S. natural gas futures are a result of changing weather forecasts impacting demand, and evolving supply conditions. This creates a complex environment for traders.

At 12:22 GMT, Natural Gas Futures are trading $1.796, down $0.041 or -2.23%.

Weather-Driven Demand Variability

The market saw a temporary boost in prices due to colder weather predictions, signaling an increase in heating demand. According to NatGasWeather, a cold front across central and eastern U.S. is expected to ramp up demand later this week. Conversely, projections for April 7-15 indicate milder temperatures, leading to a reduced demand forecast. This oscillation in weather patterns is a key driver of the current market volatility.

Supply Adjustments and Impacts

On the supply side, a potential decline in natural gas production is on the horizon, the first decrease since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent reports show a significant drop in daily output, influenced by reduced drilling activities from major energy firms. Compounding this are operational issues at Freeport LNG’s export plant in Texas, affecting LNG export levels.

Economic and Global Context

The current market scenario is further complicated by global factors. With natural gas prices at a low, U.S. consumption is expected to hit record highs in 2024, while production might see a downturn. Morgan Stanley predicts a global oversupply of natural gas, leading to an abundance in the coming years.

Short-Term Market Forecast

In the short term, the natural gas market appears to be leaning towards a bearish trend. The interplay of variable weather conditions affecting demand and the adjustments in supply, along with the prospect of a global surplus, suggests a propensity towards lower prices. Traders should closely watch for any shifts in weather patterns or supply updates, as these will be crucial in determining future market movements.

Technical Analysis

Daily Natural Gas

U.S. natural gas futures are experiencing a slight decline on Tuesday. This movement comes after a brief rally driven by short-covering over the past two days. Traders are now focusing on establishing a stable support level. There’s an anticipation that if futures breach the $1.857 mark later in the day, it might signal a shift in momentum. Such a shift could attract hedge fund interest, potentially propelling prices towards the 50-day moving average, currently at $2.024. However, given the prevailing downward trend, it’s likely that new selling pressure could emerge if this key trend indicator is tested.

This article was originally posted on FX Empire

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