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Natural Gas May '20 (NGK20)
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Natural Gas Futures Market News and Commentary

Nat-Gas Prices End Higher on Fund Short Covering Ahead of March Expiration

March Nymex natural gas (NGH24) on Monday closed +0.056 (+3.49%).

Nat-gas prices on Monday posted moderate gains on some fund short covering ahead of the expiration of the March futures contract on Tuesday.   The upside for nat-gas prices appears limited in the near term as the warm U.S. winter weather continues, which will curb heating demand for nat-gas and keep supplies elevated.  Maxar Technologies said Monday that "record challenging warmth" will move across the Midwest into the eastern U.S. from March 2-6.  

Nat-gas prices have collapsed this year and posted a 3-1/2 year nearest-futures low last Tuesday as an unusually mild winter curbed heating consumption for nat-gas and pushed inventories well above average.

Nat-gas prices are also under pressure from the announcement by the Freeport LNG nat-gas export terminal in Texas on January 26 that it was forced to shut down one of its three production units for a month for repairs after extreme cold in Texas damage... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Natural Gas
Contract Size
10,000 MMBtu (million British thermal units)
Tick Size
0.001 per MMBtu ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
5:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. (Sun-Fri) (RTH 8:00a.m. - 1:30p.m.) (Settles 1:30p.m.) CST
Exchange
NYMEX
Point Value
$10,000
Margin/Maintenance
$6,050/5,500
First Notice Date
04/29/20
Expiration Date
04/28/20 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Natural Gas May '20
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior May Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 20, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
567,791 (+15,011)
452,247 (-1,053)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
356,334 (+21,830)
510,206 (+39,145)
Producers - Long / Short
233,126 (+14,058)
306,380 (-4,579)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
199,361 (-925)
10,563 (+1,648)
Managed Money - Long / Short
245,132 (+12,497)
405,861 (+43,061)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
111,202 (+9,333)
104,345 (-3,916)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
1.521 +17.95%
on 04/02/20
1.974 -9.12%
on 04/21/20
+0.123 (+7.36%)
since 03/27/20
3-Month
1.521 +17.95%
on 04/02/20
2.060 -12.91%
on 02/20/20
-0.212 (-10.57%)
since 01/28/20
52-Week
1.521 +17.95%
on 04/02/20
2.612 -31.32%
on 05/20/19
-0.719 (-28.61%)
since 04/26/19

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Barchart Trading Guide

The Barchart Trading Guide is a Buy Signal with a Maximum Signal Strength.

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point N/A
2nd Resistance Point 2.027
1st Resistance Point 1.911
Last Price 1.794s
1st Support Level 1.690
2nd Support Level 1.585
3rd Support Level N/A

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52-Week High 2.612
Fibonacci 61.8% 2.195
Fibonacci 50% 2.066
Fibonacci 38.2% 1.938
Last Price 1.794s
52-Week Low 1.521

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