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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Chesapeake Energy, EnCana, Devon Energy, Nabors Industries and Halliburton - Press Releases

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Chicago, IL - November 29, 2011 - Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Chesapeake Energy(CHK) , EnCana Corp.(ECA) , Devon Energy Corp.(DVN) , Nabors Industries(NBR) and Halliburton Co.(HAL) .

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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

Nat Gas Storage Hits Record High

The U.S. Energy Department's weekly inventory release showed a lower-than-expected rise in natural gas supplies. However, the total working gas in storage is still well above the 5-year historical range, as mild weather continues to restrict the commodity's demand for power burn amid robust production. In fact, the most recent inventory-build has taken the storage level to a new all-time high.

The Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report - brought out by the Energy Information Administration ( EIA ) every Thursday since 2002 - includes updates on natural gas market prices, the latest storage level estimates, recent weather data and other market events.

The report provides an overview of the level of reserves and their movements, thereby helping investors understand the demand/supply dynamics of natural gas.

It is an indicator of current gas prices and volatility that affect businesses of natural gas-weighted companies and related support plays like Chesapeake Energy(CHK) , EnCana Corp.(ECA) , Devon Energy Corp.(DVN) , Nabors Industries(NBR) and Halliburton Co.(HAL) .

Stockpiles held in underground storage in the lower 48 states rose by 9 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ended November 18, 2011, below the guidance range (of 18-22 Bcf gain) of the analysts surveyed by Platts.

The increase - the thirty-third injection in as many weeks - compares with last year's draw of 6 Bcf and the 5-year (2006-2010) average reduction of 7 Bcf for the reported week. The current storage level - at 3.852 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) - is at an all-time high, eclipsing the previous record of 3.843 Tcf reached last week. It is up 23 Bcf (0.6%) from last year and has crept up by 233 Bcf (6.4%) over the five-year average.

A supply glut has pressured natural gas futures for most of 2011, as production from dense rock formations (shale) - through novel techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing - remain robust, thereby overwhelming demand. As a matter of fact, natural gas prices have dropped more than 25% from this year's peak of about $5.00 per million Btu (MMBtu) in June to the current level of around $3.70 (referring to spot prices at the Henry Hub, the benchmark supply point in Louisiana).

Of late, a mild autumn weather has driven a string of above-average inventory builds, indicating a grossly oversupplied market. Natural gas demand is currently going through a lean period - with the end of the peak cooling loads for summer and ahead of the winter heating season, coupled with tepid industrial demand in a weak economy. As a result, commodity prices continue to be under pressure against the backdrop of sustained strong production.

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