January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1

Features

Are Natural Gas Prices Ready to Explode?

American natural gas prices are at their lowest since February. As I write this in mid December, Henry Hub is off 11 cents to $2.79 per thousand cubic feet (or million BTUs), having lost 8.8% in value for the week and 12% for the month. The reason is simple: overall demand is coming in lower than the same time in 2016. But that’s not going to last for much longer. There is a major catalyst in the natural gas market that could soon send prices through the roof in 2018. Natural Gas Price Squeeze The reason why American natural gas prices have plummeted boils down to two issues: nAn excess of supply; nAnd unusually warm weather. Most of the retreat is tied to the supply side. Expectations

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