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Mon, Jan 18th, 2021
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Futures Market News and Commentary

Natural Gas Prices Erase Early Losses and Close Higher on a Cooler U.S. Weather Forecast

Feb Nymex natural gas (NGG21) on Friday closed up +0.071 (+2.66%).

Feb nat-gas prices on Friday shook off early losses and moved higher on a colder U.S. weather forecast. Maxar on Friday said that warmer weather is seen in the South, but below-normal temperatures are seen in the West and Rockies from Jan 20-24. Also, below-normal temperatures are seen for the Northern Tier states and East Coast from Jan 25-29. There is still concern that a polar vortex developing in the Arctic could blanket the U.S. toward the end of this month, which would boost heating demand for nat-gas.

Over the longer-term, expectations for a mild winter overall are still expected to depress nat-gas demand and prices. The Commodity Weather Group on Monday said that the national heating demand for nat-gas is expected to remain "well below" the 30-year average over the next two weeks. Also, Maxar is predicting this winter will be the 13th warmest winter for energy demand going bac... Read more

Crude Oil Prices Settle Moderately Lower on Dollar Strength and Weak U.S. Economic Data

Feb WTI crude oil (CLG21) on Friday closed down -1.21 (-2.26%), and Feb RBOB gasoline (RBG21) closed down -2.55 (-1.64%).

Crude oil and gasoline prices on Friday posted moderate losses. A rally in the dollar index to a 3-1/2 week high Friday undercut energy prices along with weak U.S. economic data that was negative for energy demand. Also, news that governments are tightening and extending Covid restrictions is bearish for economic growth and fuel demand.

Crude prices were also under pressure Friday on doubts about President-elect Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic stimulus package. The markets are concerned that Biden's proposals will be watered down by Congressional opposition and that the final version of the stimulus may be well below the initial $1.9 trillion figure.

Friday's weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data was negative for energy demand and crude prices. U.S. Dec retail sales fell -0.7% m/m and -1.4% m/m ex-autos, much weaker t... Read more

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