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Natural gas prices remained above $2.00 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) over the report week (Wednesday to Wednesday) at most trading locations across the country. The Henry Hub price closed within a 9 cent range, settling at $2.36 per MMBtu yesterday (up 5 cents for the week).
The natural gas futures market generally trended higher over the week. At the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), the June 2012 natural gas contract gained 21.2 cents per MMBtu to close at $2.465 per MMBtu yesterday.
Working natural gas in storage rose slightly last week to 2,606 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of Friday, May 4, according to EIA’s Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report (WNGSR). An implied storage build of 30 Bcf for the week positioned storage volumes 799 Bcf above year-ago levels.
The natural gas rotary rig count, as reported by Baker Hughes Incorporated on May 4, declined by 7 to 606 active units, 32 percent lower than the same week last year. Meanwhile, oil-directed rigs increased by 27 to 1,355 units, 45 percent above the same week last year.