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Futures Market News and Commentary

Natural Gas Settles Sharply Higher as Forecasts for Cooler Temps Spark Short-Covering

May Nymex natural gas (NGK20) on Friday closed up +0.069 (+4.45%).

May nat-gas prices on Friday settled sharply higher on the prospects for colder temperatures to move into the central United States and expectations for lower future nat-gas production. The Commodity Weather Group forecasts that temperatures will be seasonable to above-normal in the eastern and central U.S. over the next 10 days, before cooler weather pushes into the Midwest during April 11-15.

Nat-gas prices on Friday raced up to their highs after Friday afternoon's after weekly data from Baker Hughes showed U.S. active oil rigs dropped by -62 to 562, a 3-year low.

May nat-gas on Thursday earlier tumbled to a new contract low as a plunge in U.S. economic activity reduces energy demand. Friday's data from Bloomberg shows that U.S. nat-gas consumption is averaging 73.1 bcf a day this week, down -7.9% from the same period last week. Nat-gas prices are attempting to hold above last week’s 24-1/2 yea... Read more

WTI Crude Settles at a 2-1/2 Week High on Hopes for a Coordinated Crude Oil Production Cut

May WTI crude oil (CLK20) on Friday closed up +3.02 (+11.93%), Jun Brent crude oil (CBM20) closed up +4.17 (+14.20%), and May RBOB gasoline (RBK20) closed up +0.0288 (+4.35%).

The energy complex on Friday rallied sharply with WTI crude at a 2-1/2 week high and RBOB gasoline at a 2-week high. Crude prices on Friday surged for a second day on hopes for a coordinated cut in crude production from OPEC and its allies. OPEC+ has scheduled a virtual meeting on Monday, and according to an OPEC delegate, a global cut in crude production of 10 million bpd is a realistic goal.

Crude prices also found support on comments from representatives from several Russian oil companies who said that Russia's oil industry is ready to agree to crude production cuts, together with Saudi Arabia and other producers.

Crude prices extended their gains Friday after Russian President Putin, who met with Russian oil executives Friday, said oil producing countries should join together to slash... Read more

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