NG 8/3/22+
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Started by WxFollower - Aug. 3, 2022, 6:38 p.m.

 Here's a new NG thread.


 Mike, did the CDDs increase substantially at noon today? Absent that, Today's WSJ take is another example of US weather not being as dominant a factor as it used to be. 

 

08/03 01:54p CST  DJ Natural Gas Ends Sharply Higher On Freeport Reports -- 
 Market Talk 
 
  1454 ET - Natural gas prices in the US finish 7.3% higher at $8.266/mmBtu 
 after a late-session rally that NatGasWeather.com attributed to unconfirmed 
 reports regarding a possible upcoming restart of the closed Freeport LNG plant 
 in Texas. NatGasWeather.com says the reports indicate the Freeport plant, which 
 closed in June due to a fire, may be able to restart some operations by early 
 October, perhaps exporting nearly 2B cubic feet per day. Representatives from 
 Freeport weren't immediately available. For tomorrow, the gas market will turn 
 its attention to a weekly EIA storage report. A WSJ survey is forecasting it 
 will show a below-average 29B cubic feet injection. (dan.molinski@wsj.com)  
 
  (END) Dow Jones Newswires 
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Re: NG 8/3/22+
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By metmike - Aug. 3, 2022, 8:14 p.m.
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Thanks a ton Larry!

Here's the previous thread:

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/86665/

As I mentioned to Jim in another thread (Noon Maps) it was the complete opposite.

The GFS ensemble CDDs were -6 and BEARISH vs the 6z model. -4 vs the 0z model and -2 vs the 12z model yesterday at the same time.

Traders short based on less heat(but still hot) got their heads handed to them....unless they had a tight stop in.

 The $6,000 spike around Noon happened in around 45 minutes and was clearly tied to news.

The European model that comes out later was around the same as before.

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/87806/#87814


By metmike - Aug. 3, 2022, 8:17 p.m.
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Here's the 7 day temps from last week for tomorrows EIA report:

Cool-ish North/Central, Hot elsewhere.

https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/tanal/7day/mean/20220729.7day.mean.F.gif

By metmike - Aug. 3, 2022, 8:22 p.m.
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Seasonals.....often strong buying between now and the start of the heating season which is when we need to have a large amount of gas in storage to meet high Winter residential demand for heating.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4160158-natural-gas-seasonal-play-sets-up-for-springtime-option-sellers

Natural Gas: Seasonal Play Sets Up For Springtime Option Sellers | Seeking  Alpha

           

By metmike - Aug. 4, 2022, 12:39 p.m.
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BEARISH!

https://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/natural-gas-storage-386


Latest    Release   Aug 04, 2022   Actual 41B   Forecast 29B   Previous 15B


Release DateTimeActualForecastPrevious
Aug 11, 2022 10:30  15B
Aug 04, 2022 10:3041B29B15B
Jul 28, 2022 10:3015B22B32B
Jul 21, 2022 10:3032B47B58B
Jul 14, 2022 10:3058B58B60B
Jul 07, 2022 10:3060B74B82B
By metmike - Aug. 4, 2022, 12:41 p.m.
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  ‹ See All Natural Gas Reports

https://ir.eia.gov/ngs/ngs.html

Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report

 for week ending July 29, 2022   |  Released: August 4, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.   |  Next Release: August 11, 2022 

 +41 BCF = BEARISH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Working gas in underground storage, Lower 48 states Summary text CSV JSN
  Historical Comparisons
Stocks
billion cubic feet (Bcf)
 Year ago
(07/29/21)
5-year average
(2017-21) 
Region07/29/2207/22/22net changeimplied flow  Bcf% change Bcf% change
East549  532  17  17   601  -8.7  626  -12.3  
Midwest643  625  18  18   717  -10.3  709  -9.3  
Mountain147  144  3  3   184  -20.1  178  -17.4  
Pacific253  253  0  0   244  3.7  273  -7.3  
South Central865  862  3  3   979  -11.6  1,007  -14.1  
   Salt195  195  0  0   253  -22.9  263  -25.9  
   Nonsalt671  667  4  4   726  -7.6  744  -9.8  
Total2,457  2,416  41  41   2,725  -9.8  2,794  -12.1  

Totals may not equal sum of components because of independent rounding.

Summary

Working gas in storage was 2,457 Bcf as of Friday, July 29, 2022, according to EIA estimates. This represents  a net increase of 41 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 268 Bcf less than last year at this time and 337 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,794 Bcf. At 2,457 Bcf, total working gas is  within the five-year historical range.

 For information on sampling error in this report, see Estimated Measures of Sampling Variability table below. 

 Working Gas in Underground Storage Compared with Five-Year Range

By metmike - Aug. 4, 2022, 1:13 p.m.
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Natural Gas Futures Plunge, but Quickly Recover from EIA’s Plump Storage Report

 The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a much larger-than-expected 41 Bcf injection into natural gas storage inventories for the week ending July 29. The EIA figure topped even the highest of estimates ahead of the report, and seemingly eased some concerns about supply, given the possibility of Freeport LNG’s return in October. The Nymex September… 


metmike: Weather is turning hotter again.

By WxFollower - Aug. 5, 2022, 2:38 p.m.
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 Yesterday's NG EIA was the most bearish in relation to the WSJ survey mean since the report for the week ending 4/29/22. In reality, there's more than likely some "making up" of sorts for the last two weeks of solidly bullish reports.

By metmike - Aug. 5, 2022, 2:56 p.m.
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Thanks Larry!

When they flip flop like that, it makes it impossible to discern a bearish/bullish production/supply dynamic.

Weather turned MUCH cooler since yesterday.

12z GFS ensemble -18 CDDs since the 18z model on Thursday.

By metmike - Aug. 5, 2022, 10:57 p.m.
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Cooler Mid-August Outlook Sends Natural Gas Futures Lower, while Rain Dampens Cash

 

After choppy trading, natural gas futures slipped firmly into the red after the latest weather model dropped a decent chunk of projected demand from the 15-day forecast. The September Nymex gas futures contract settled Friday at $8.064/MMBtu, down 5.8 cents day/day. October futures fell 6.3 cents to $8.051. At A Glance: Weather models converge in… 

metmike:  Yep! GFS ensemble was -18 CDD's over 3 runs. That's huge.

By metmike - Aug. 8, 2022, 11:18 a.m.
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Production Strength, Milder Weather Send Natural Gas Futures Lower in Early Trading

 

As weekend forecast trends lowered August cooling demand expectations, natural gas futures pulled back in early trading Monday. The September Nymex contract was off 31.9 cents to $7.745/MMBtu as of around 8:40 a.m. ET. Weather models trended cooler over the weekend, including a decline of nine cooling degree days (CDD) in the European model’s projections,… 

  metmike: MUCH cooler than last week and coolest of the Summer for the East.

By metmike - Aug. 9, 2022, 12:17 a.m.
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Natural Gas Futures, Spot Gas Prices Plummet as Peak Summer Possibly in Rearview Mirror

 

As some teachers and students headed back to the classroom, traders appeared to call an end to the summer for natural gas markets as well. With the latest weather models slicing more projected demand off the 15-day forecast, the Nymex September gas futures contract tumbled 47.5 cents to $7.589/MMBtu on Monday. October futures fell 47.3… 

metmike: Quite a bit cooler than any outlooks for quite awhile. Even some large Below average temps for parts of the east. Here's all the weather: https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/83844/

By WxFollower - Aug. 9, 2022, 11:46 a.m.
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 It is clear from what Mike and news reports have said that cooler wx forecasts/models were by far the main driver Friday-Monday 8/5-8. US wx changes are still a very important driver of price changes and on many days they are still dominant as even i've acknowledged. However, they're not as dominant as they used to be largely due to LNG exports to Europe and that hasn't changed. On some days, that has caused very sharp moves opposite to what US wx changes suggested. Example: as recently as Wed 8/3 as Mike confirmed.

 It is sort of like this: US wx changes used to dominate on very roughly 85% of days. Now it is probably closer to only very roughly 2/3 of days.


 

By metmike - Aug. 9, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
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You really nailed that one Larry. Exactly right! 

I would add that when the weather FIRST changes to something that is a surprise to the market/traders is when its can sometimes be most powerful but even then, you will get knee jerk reactions/brief spikes in the wrong direction as the market dials in the new weather, while digesting it.

Those are the ones killing me. They take out all the protective stops..........then go back in the direction the market should go.

And then there's the news factor. Breaking news about export (facilities) or Europe, for instance have led to moves of $6,000/contract in an hour, no matter what the weather is. 

Not having a stop in with an aggressive position and being wrong could wipe out your entire account in an hour!

By metmike - Aug. 9, 2022, 12:13 p.m.
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Production Drop Sees September Natural Gas Pare Losses Early

 

Natural gas futures pared their losses in early trading Tuesday as production estimates pointed to a sizable day/day drop in supply, though analysts continued to see downside on moderating summer temperatures.  Coming off a 47.5-cent decline in the previous session, the September Nymex contract was up 14.2 cents to $7.731/MMBtu at around 8:50 a.m. ET.… 

metmike: This was NOT weather related, like Fri/Mon were, as was noted by WeatherFollower. Weather is still LESS bullish than last week and most of the Summer.

By metmike - Aug. 9, 2022, 12:20 p.m.
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Also, August is not always the greatest weather market for natural gas.

Winter is the best for trading DD's by far.

Early/Mid Winter is the best of the best. Late Winter, unless ng in storage is extremely low........means less threat to supplies, which are ample for the rest of the heating season........but then strongly positive seasonals kick in at the end of Winter.

Same in Summer. Early/Mid Summer offers the best opportunities because sustained heat has a longer time to keep storage from building.  Late Summer, unless ng is very low(we are low this year) is running out of time with the dwindling CDDs seasonally.

The best spikes higher in the past at this time of year thru September came from hurricane threats to the GOM, when much more production was in that location before fracking/horizontal drilling on land.

: NG 8/3/22+
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By metmike - Aug. 10, 2022, 2:01 a.m.
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By metmike - Aug. 10, 2022, 2:07 a.m.
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Henry Hub Forecast to Average $7.54/MMBtu Through December; Outsized Heat Driving Power Burns, Says EIA

 

Natural gas spot prices at Henry Hub are on track to average $7.54/MMBtu for the second half of 2022 before falling to $5.10 in 2023 on rising production, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its latest monthly forecast. Prices at the national benchmark averaged $7.28 in July, EIA said in the updated edition of… 

Short-Term Energy Outlook

https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/


U.S. natural gas prices

Electricity, coal, renewables, and emissions

  • We expect U.S. sales of electricity to ultimate customers to increase in the forecast by 2.5% in 2022, mostly because of rising economic activity but also because of hot summer weather in much of the country. Forecast U.S. sales of electricity decline by 0.3% in 2023.
  • The largest increases in U.S. electricity generation in our forecast come from renewable energy sources, mostly solar and wind. We expect renewable sources will provide 22% of U.S. generation in 2022 and 24% in 2023, up from 20% in 2021.
  • We forecast the U.S. residential electricity price will average 14.6 cents per kilowatthour (kWh) in 2022, up 6.1% from 2021. Higher retail electricity prices largely reflect an increase in wholesale power prices driven by rising natural gas prices. Annual average wholesale prices for 2022 range from an average of $62 per megawatthour (MWh) in Florida to $95/MWh in the ISO New England and New York ISO markets.
  • The U.S. electric power sector added 13 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2021. Solar capacity additions in the forecast period total 20 GW for 2022 and 24 GW for 2023, and they represent an addition of 31 billion kWh of electric power generation in 2022 and 41 billion kWh in 2023.  
  • U.S. coal production is forecast to increase by 21 million short tons (MMst) to 599 MMst in 2022 and to 601 MMst in 2023. We expect coal consumption to be slightly lower in 2022 at 541 MMst, relative to 546 MMst in 2021. This forecast decline is a result of constraints on coal generation and mine shutdowns as well as coal transportation limitations. As coal plant shutdowns continue and natural gas prices fall, coal consumption is expected to decline by 9% to 493 MMst in 2023. Coal exports increase from 85 MMst in 2021 to 87 MMst in 2022 and to 98 MMst in 2023.

Life without petroleum based products: 6,000 products made with petroleum.  KillingCoal. Fossil fuels and fertilizer. Biden praises high gasoline prices.
https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/84689/     

By WxFollower - Aug. 10, 2022, 2:15 p.m.
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08/10 05:11a CST  DJ European Natural-Gas Storage Building Is Making Good 
Progress -- Market Talk 
 
     1011 GMT - European natural-gas storage building is on track to provide 
sufficient supplies come winter, says Standard Chartered. Prices have risen in 
recent weeks as Russia curtailed the flow of gas through the Nord Stream 
pipeline. That has made it harder for EU states to fill their storage but 
strong imports of liquefied natural gas have been a counterweight, the bank 
says. Gas in storage could reach 103 billion cubic meters by the start of 
winter "which should provide sufficient insulation even if no more Russian gas 
flows," the bank says in a note. "It was once thought unthinkable that Europe 
could get through a winter comfortably without Russian gas, but thanks to the 
strength of the inventory build, we now think it can." (william.horner@wsj.com)  
 
  
  (END) Dow Jones Newswires 
By metmike - Aug. 11, 2022, 10:19 a.m.
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Thanks Larry!

Some of the NWS products are not available right now but the huge rally this week is NOT from weather(heat)

By metmike - Aug. 11, 2022, 10:46 a.m.
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U.S. Natural Gas Storage

https://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/natural-gas-storage-386

Latest Release   Aug 11, 2022    Actual44B    Forecast39B    Previous41B

Release DateTimeActualForecastPrevious
Aug 11, 2022 10:3044B39B41B
Aug 04, 2022 10:3041B29B15B
Jul 28, 2022 10:3015B22B32B
Jul 21, 2022 10:3032B47B58B
Jul 14, 2022 10:3058B58B60B
Jul 07, 2022 10:3060B74B82B
By metmike - Aug. 11, 2022, 10:48 a.m.
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https://ir.eia.gov/ngs/ngs.html

Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report

 for week ending August 5, 2022   |  Released: August 11, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.   |  Next Release: August 18, 2022 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                +44 BCF BEARISH!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Working gas in underground storage, Lower 48 states Summary text CSV JSN
  Historical Comparisons
Stocks
billion cubic feet (Bcf)
 Year ago
(08/05/21)
5-year average
(2017-21) 
Region08/05/2207/29/22net changeimplied flow  Bcf% change Bcf% change
East564  549  15  15   625  -9.8  647  -12.8  
Midwest663  643  20  20   738  -10.2  732  -9.4  
Mountain148  147  1  1   185  -20.0  181  -18.2  
Pacific252  253  -1  -1   241  4.6  272  -7.4  
South Central874  865  9  9   979  -10.7  1,007  -13.2  
   Salt193  195  -2  -2   247  -21.9  259  -25.5  
   Nonsalt681  671  10  10   731  -6.8  749  -9.1  
Total2,501  2,457  44  44   2,769  -9.7  2,839  -11.9  

Totals may not equal sum of components because of independent rounding.

Summary

Working gas in storage was 2,501 Bcf as of Friday, August 5, 2022, according to EIA estimates. This represents  a net increase of 44 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 268 Bcf less than last year at this time and 338 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,839 Bcf. At 2,501 Bcf, total working gas is  within the five-year historical range.

 For information on sampling error in this report, see Estimated Measures of Sampling Variability table below. 

 Working Gas in Underground Storage Compared with Five-Year Range 

By metmike - Aug. 11, 2022, 5:14 p.m.
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Natural Gas Futures Slip, then Pop After EIA’s Near-Average Storage Injection

 The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a larger-than-expected 44 Bcf injection into natural gas storage facilities for the week ending Aug. 5. The build ultimately had little bearing on prices. Futures were trading sharply higher ahead of the EIA report because of further day/day declines in production. Choppy price action was seen after the data… 


metmike: NG was on a mission to test $9 today. The highs were just shy of that, when it was up $8,000/contract. Insane trading considering that the NWS extended guidance is, by far the coolest of the Summer. The much cooler temps vs last week DID have a big impact early in the week.

Since the lows on Monday, NG has rallied 14,500/contract. Since early Tuesday morning, NG has rallied 13,500/contract. Those lows  on Monday represented a drop from last weeks Thursday highs to Mondays lows of around -9,000/contract....basically in less than 2 trading days(Thu am to Monday am).

The drop made sense based on much cooler weather. The incredible spike higher the last 2 days is against the bearish weather/low demand....however, it does look like a change to MUCH warmer late in week 2.  I'm sure that Larry is NOT missing a market like this.


By WxFollower - Aug. 12, 2022, 3:32 p.m.
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Mike,

 You're correct!

 To add to what you posted, here's the DJN's take:

 

08/11 02:16p CST  DJ US Natural Gas Nearly Tops $9, Ends 8.2% Higher -- Market 
Talk 
 
     1516 ET - US natural gas prices climbed to within a few cents of $9 
before closing the session up 8.2% at $8.874/mmBtu, the highest closing price 
since July 26. Weather, which is often the main driver of natural gas prices, 
has actually turned mildly bearish in recent days as August temperatures have 
moderated slightly from July, reducing cooling demand. And today's weekly EIA 
storage report was bearish compared to forecasts as storage rose by a 
near-average 44B cubic feet. But as analysts at NatGasWeather.com note, bullish 
investors bought when prices dipped after the storage report, and kept pushing 
the market higher into the close. (dan.molinski@wsj.com)  
 
  (END) Dow Jones Newswires 

 Also, from yesterday:

 

 The EIA says 
gas-in-storage rose last week by 44B cubic feet versus forecasts in a WSJ 
survey for a 39-bcf injection and an average 45-bcf increase.
NG 8/3/22+
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By metmike - Aug. 15, 2022, 1:51 a.m.
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Weather models are not that different than Friday. Temps will start to warm up a bit.......when that is depends on the model.

GFS later this week and beyond.

European model, not until late week 2.

Very late in the Summer and prices are very high already and the market has not been consistently tracking weather.

Sometimes yes, other times the opposite.

Re: NG 8/3/22+
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By WxFollower - Aug. 15, 2022, 4:30 a.m.
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 Perhaps (but who the heck knows??), the market will avoid any significant drop til after this week's EIA report. Why? Because the week that it is based on had 91 HDDs, which is only one less than the hottest so far this summer and the market acts weird like that even though the EIAs should already be baked in. 

Last 4 EIA weeks:

Week ending 7/22/22 8 AM: 92 HDD/+15 EIA bullish vs WSJ's +23 

Week ending 7/29/22 8 AM: 90 HDD/+41 EIA bearish vs WSJ's +29

Week ending 8/05/22 8 AM: 86 HDD/+44 slightly bearish vs WSJ's +39

Week ending 8/12/22 8 AM: 91 HDD/?

Edit: I meant CDD, not HDD...ooops!

By metmike - Aug. 15, 2022, 1:06 p.m.
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Great stuff Larry!

You mean CDDs of course. 

NG came roaring back to higher now.

It does look like we warm up in week 2 but I wouldn't count on that being the reason.

From earlier:

Natural Gas Futures Pull Back After Weekend Weather Models Trend Cooler

By tjc - Aug. 16, 2022, 9:45 a.m.
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  What accounts for this morning's huge rally?

By metmike - Aug. 16, 2022, 1:17 p.m.
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Hi TJC. Maybe Larry knows. I don't.  It's not likely hotter weather forecasts.

Could be the approaching EIA number on Thursday that's expected to be bullish as Larry suggested earlier.

By WxFollower - Aug. 16, 2022, 11:11 p.m.
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tjc and Mike,

 Today was up per DJN mainly due to soaring European NG prices. However, NGI suggested it could have also partially been due to expectations for a small injection on this week's EIA in addition to production cuts. That is related to what I alluded to in my most recent post, the weird thing about this market in recent years treating the upcoming EIA report as if it weren't already baked in to the price:


A) DJN stories today: Europe

08/16 07:52a CST  DJ US Natural Gas Tops $9 as Prices in Europe Soar -- Market 
Talk 
 
     0851 ET - Natural gas prices in the US climb above $9 and are quickly 
approaching new 14-year-highs, recently up 5.7% at $9.240/mmBtu. The surge is 
being triggered mainly by natural gas prices in Europe that have continued to 
skyrocket in recent days to their highest levels since Russia's invasion of 
Ukraine, and just shy of all-time highs. While US natural gas prices were 
historically well-isolated from moves in other global natural gas markets, 
that's not so much the case anymore as US LNG exports now represent more than 
10% of total US natural gas demand, compared to just a 3% or 4% a few years 
ago. (dan.molinski@wsj.com)  
 
  
  (END) Dow Jones Newswires 
08/16 01:23p CST  *DJ U.S. Natural Gas Jumps 7.2% to Session-High $9.360 as 
Germany Denies Report It Will Keep Nuclear Plants Running 
 
  (END) Dow Jones Newswires 
08/16 01:54p CST  DJ Natural Gas Prices Finish at a 14-Year High -- Market Talk 
 
     1453 ET - Natural gas prices end 6.9% higher at $9.329/mmBtu, the highest 
closing price since Aug. 1, 2008 as soaring natural gas prices in Europe amid 
the continent's ongoing energy crisis creates even more bullish sentiment in 
the US domestic market. Slightly hotter weather patterns over the next couple 
days also boosted prices, traders say, but it was the European market, where 
Dutch TTF gas prices climbed to a new all-time high, that really drove the 
buying frenzy in the US. Gas prices have more than doubled since starting the 
year at $3.73, and if they reach above $11 they will have tripled in price. 
(dan.molinski@wsj.com)  
 
  
  (END) Dow Jones Newswires 
 


B) NGI closing story: small EIA injection expected in Thursday's report

https://www.naturalgasintel.com/bulls-parade-past-9-as-production-dips-again-spot-gas-surges-on-lingering-heat/

 "After a solid recovery throughout Monday’s session, natural gas futures extended their streak Tuesday as maintenance activities took another toll on production."

"Mobius Risk Group said bulls also benefited from storage data that continues to portend soft injections in the near term."

"'“Considering a sample of daily facilities reported a marginally higher build than the July 21 week, it is logical to believe the market will be expecting the Thursday inventory report from the EIA to be at or below 20 Bcf,' Curry said. 'This would compare to the same week last year at 38 Bcf, and the year-over-year change in weather was a modest 6 degree days. This is the tailwind for the market countering the current week where temperatures are significantly cooler than both the prior week and the same week last year.'”

By metmike - Aug. 17, 2022, 12:36 a.m.
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Thanks a ton Larry!


7 day temps last week for the upcoming EIA report on Thursday at 9:30 am CDT.

https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/tanal/7day/mean/20220812.7day.mean.F.gif

NGI below:

Bulls Parade Past $9 as Production Dips Again; Spot Gas Surges on Lingering Heat

By metmike - Aug. 17, 2022, 12:41 a.m.
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metmike: More from NGI. An expert that understands the realities and speaks the truth, loud and clear!!!

https://www.naturalgasintel.com/liberty-energys-wright-sees-long-oil-natural-gas-future-as-energy-transition-is-not-happening/

Liberty Energy’s Wright Sees Long Oil, Natural Gas Future as ‘Energy Transition Is Not Happening’

 Liberty Energy Inc. CEO Chris Wright made no bones about prognosticators calling for the demise of oil and natural gas on Monday.


“The energy transition is not happening,” he said in Denver. “This drumbeat is crazy.”

 

Wright, speaking at the LDC Gas Forum Rockies & West, said demand for fossil fuels is robust and poised to remain elevated for the foreseeable future, given the world’s industrial, transportation and residential energy needs. He also noted that oil and natural gas are used to produce steel, cement, plastics and fertilizer – materials that are vital for the world’s infrastructure and global agriculture production.

Wright said minimizing oil and gas – not to mention ridding the world of the fuel sources – would send the global economy into a tailspin, create widespread energy shortages and plunge swaths of the world into an era of starvation. Without fertilizer created using the hydrocarbons found in fossil fuels, food production could get cut in half.

 “Climate change is real. Humans are contributing to it,” Wright said. The effects are gradual and not as severe as activists claim, he noted. Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is important and work to that end should continue.                

However, calls for an end to oil and gas in the world’s energy mix over a few decades are “massively” unrealistic. The transition, he said, is something that could take centuries.

Improving Extraction? 

In the meantime, the Liberty Energy chief said politicians, environmentalists, scientists, industry leaders and others should focus on deploying rapidly evolving technology to continually improve the precision – and safety — at which oil and gas is extracted. They should also galvanize their efforts to find ways to deliver renewable sources of energy more efficiently.

 

Wright said North American completions expert Liberty, based in Denver, is so confident in demand that it is adding seven fracturing fleets this year.

 

Grandiose talk of squeezing oil and natural gas from the world’s energy pie is simply unrealistic, Wright said. The “damage caused by fighting climate change” unrealistically “is worse than climate change.”

metmike: MUCH worse because the planet is having a climate optimum for most life, NOT a climate crisis!

 

For example, Wright noted that since the rise of Lower 48 natural gas production in the United States, the country has, on a per capita basis, embarked on a 30-year trend of lower GHG emissions largely because gas steadily supplanted coal.

 

Still, he said, if the United States or the world as a whole tries to abandon natural gas, it could quickly find itself in the situation in which Europe currently struggles.

 

Europe, well before the tumult caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, pulled back on natural gas production and found itself desperate for supply from other countries, including Russia.

Other sources of fuel to power industrial plants and heat homes were insufficient. Western Europe has grown dependent on Russia in the years since. Now, with Russia threatening to dramatically curb supplies to Europe amid the chaos of war, Europe is poised to increase coal use to make it through the coming winter, worsening its climate goals, Wright said.

 

A Cold, Killer Winter? 

Even with that shift, it may not be enough, said Wright. “Many people will die of the cold this winter in Europe.”

Bold talk about net zero emissions while depleting a market of needed energy “does a disservice to everyone,” he told the audience. It is “not only foolish but it’s immoral.”

More industry leaders and front-line workers, he said, need to speak out about the merits of oil and natural gas. In essence, the industry needs to stand up for its essential role in powering the world and supporting quality of life.

 

“The world runs on oil and gas,” Wright said. “Nothing is going to change that.” Affordable energy “enables everything we do…It’s the industry that enables every other industry.”

Colorado Oil and Gas Association CEO Dan Haley agreed. He said at the forum Monday that critics of oil and gas have seized upon the industry’s overall hesitancy to defend itself and also to champion its outsized role in the global economy.

 

Oil and gas, Haley said, are “literally the underpinnings of our modern life.” Renewable fuels “have an important role to play” alongside natural gas and crude. “That is a realistic future.”

By metmike - Aug. 17, 2022, 12:11 p.m.
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Amid Lackluster Production and ‘Robust, Resilient’ Demand, $13 Natural Gas Said Possible

 A confluence of entrenched domestic demand, mounting calls for U.S. exports of LNG and modest production growth – all factors forecast to endure – propelled natural gas futures above $9.00/MMBtu in August and could keep upward pressure on prices for years. Such was the assessment of analysts who spoke Tuesday at the LDC Gas Forum… 


metmike: Wow!

By metmike - Aug. 18, 2022, 11:44 a.m.
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Natural Gas Futures Fly, then Crash Following EIA’s Modest 18 Bcf Storage Injection

 The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an 18 Bcf injection into natural gas storage inventories for the week ending Aug. 12, about half of what the market had expected. Natural gas futures already were higher on the day early Thursday, as traders appeared to expect a low-side injection. The September Nymex futures contract was trading… 


metmike: Pretty bullish. Buy the rumor, sell the fact price reaction.

By metmike - Aug. 18, 2022, 11:46 a.m.
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 https://www.investing.com/economic-calendar/natural-gas-storage-386

U.S. Natural Gas Storage

  Latest Release   Aug 18, 2022   Actual18B   Forecast34B   Previous44B

Release DateTimeActualForecastPrevious
Aug 18, 2022 10:3018B34B44B
Aug 11, 2022 10:3044B39B41B
Aug 04, 2022 10:3041B29B15B
Jul 28, 2022 10:3015B22B32B
Jul 21, 2022 10:3032B47B58B
Jul 14, 2022 10:3058B58B60B


By metmike - Aug. 18, 2022, 11:48 a.m.
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  ‹ See All Natural Gas Reports

https://ir.eia.gov/ngs/ngs.html

Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report

 for week ending August 12, 2022   |  Released: August 18, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.   |  Next Release: August 25, 2022                                                                                                                                                                                            +18 BCF VERY BULLISH!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Working gas in underground storage, Lower 48 states Summary text CSV JSN
  Historical Comparisons
Stocks
billion cubic feet (Bcf)
 Year ago
(08/12/21)
5-year average
(2017-21) 
Region08/12/2208/05/22net changeimplied flow  Bcf% change Bcf% change
East571  564  7  7   643  -11.2  667  -14.4  
Midwest684  663  21  21   762  -10.2  758  -9.8  
Mountain151  148  3  3   188  -19.7  183  -17.5  
Pacific248  252  -4  -4   240  3.3  272  -8.8  
South Central866  874  -8  -8   983  -11.9  1,006  -13.9  
   Salt185  193  -8  -8   244  -24.2  253  -26.9  
   Nonsalt681  681  0  0   740  -8.0  753  -9.6  
Total2,519  2,501  18  18   2,815  -10.5  2,886  -12.7  

Totals  may not equal sum of components because of independent rounding.

Summary

Working gas in storage was 2,519 Bcf as of Friday, August 12, 2022, according to EIA estimates. This represents  a net increase of 18 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 296 Bcf less than last year at this time and 367 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,886 Bcf. At 2,519 Bcf, total working gas is  within the five-year historical range.

 For information on sampling error in this report, see Estimated Measures of Sampling Variability table below. 

 Working Gas in Underground Storage Compared with Five-Year Range 

Note: The shaded area indicates the range between the historical minimum and maximum values for the weekly series from 2017 through 2021. The dashed vertical lines indicate current and year-ago weekly periods.

 



By WxFollower - Aug. 18, 2022, 11:32 p.m.
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Today's EIA wasn't just pretty bullish, it was very bullish vs the WSJ survey mean, which was a whopping 17 bcf higher than the actual. This barely beat two weeks last month that were 16 bcf to the bullish and makes this one the most bullish nonholiday week since way back to the week ending 7/2/21, which was also 17 to the bullish.

 Today's later selloff after kneejerk rise is similar to the 2nd of the two very bullish July weeks. This doesn't surprise me because the market didn't seem to want to sell off until after this week's expected low injection was reported due to the typical quirkiness of this market leading up to weekly EIA reports. Then, sell the bullish news as Mike said.

 Per DJN:

08/18 07:53a CST  DJ Natural Gas Prices Rise Toward 14-Year Highs -- Market Talk 

0853 ET - Natural gas prices are climbing again after yesterday's 
profit-taking decline, with the front-month September delivery contract up 1.3% 
at $9.365/mmBtu. If current prices hold, the market would close at another 
14-year-high amid a long-running rally that's been largely fueled largely by a 
price surge in Europe for natural gas. Europe's natural gas benchmark, known as 
Dutch TTF, is more than 16 times higher than it was two years ago, and hit 
another record-high earlier this week. The Dutch TTF price in dollar terms is 
around $67/mmBtu, a massive premium of more than seven times what gas is priced 
at in the US. (dan.molinski@wsj.com)  
08/18 09:32a CST  *DJ U.S. Natural Gas Jumps 4% to $9.610 After Below Forecast 
Rise in Storage 
 
08/18 10:48a CST  *DJ U.S. Natural Gas Erases Gains, Falls 3% to $8.968 Despite 
Small Storage Rise 
08/18 01:53p CST  DJ Natural Gas Ends Lower Despite Small Storage Rise -- 
Market Talk 
 
     1452 ET - US natural gas prices conclude another volatile trading day 
with a slight, 0.6% decrease to $9.188/mmBtu. A weekly EIA report out this 
morning was bullish as it showed inventories rose last week by just 18B cubic 
feet, which was about half of the 35-bcf injection analysts surveyed by WSJ 
were expecting. But weather patterns aren't as bullish as before, with places 
such as Dallas-Fort Worth, the 4th largest metro area in the US, likely having 
seen its final 100-degree day of the year yesterday. Investors are also closely 
watching Europe's worsening energy crisis for signs of contagion in the 
domestic market. (dan.molinski@wsj.com)  
 
  
  (END) Dow Jones Newswires 
By WxFollower - Aug. 18, 2022, 11:50 p.m.
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Last 4 EIA weeks:

Week ending 7/22/22 8 AM: 92 CDD/+15 EIA bullish vs WSJ's +23 

Week ending 7/29/22 8 AM: 90 CDD/+41 EIA bearish vs WSJ's +29

Week ending 8/05/22 8 AM: 86 CDD/+44 EIA slightly bearish vs WSJ's +39

Week ending 8/12/22 8 AM: 91 CDD/+18 EIA very bullish vs WSJ's +35


 Note that today's +18 on 91 CDD is very much on par with 3 weeks ago's +15 on 92 CDD. The reason the expectations were much higher today was very likely largely due to the prior two weeks of +40s EIA's on only a few less CDD than 3 weeks ago. Had those intervening bearish weeks not been in between, today's report's injection expectations would have been much lower than the WSJ's +35. They may have been something like +20, which would have meant the actual of +18 was neutral instead of very bullish.

By metmike - Aug. 19, 2022, 1:54 p.m.
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Thanks much Larry!

The European model was +5 CDDs over night and we sold off anyways thru earlier this morning but are up 4,000 from the lows right now. 

NG in storage is close to the low end of the 5 year range with less than 3 months to fill storage.

However, prices are at the highest in over a decade and Europe's extremely low storage/suppy situation is at a potential crisis level.