a bullish factor from both the short term temperature forecasts to the tropics. The latest NOAA six to ten day temperature forecast is projecting the smallest area of above normal temperature so far this summer which is certainly not very supportive for Nat Gas prices. The eight to fourteen day forecast is a bit more bullish in that it is projecting a larger area of above normal temperatures. Overall both forecasts will not nearly result in as much Nat Gas related cooling demand as what was experienced during the first half of the summer. The net result net injections will continue to creep higher over the next several weeks.
In addition the tropics are not threatening to Nat Gas production in the Gulf of Mexico as Ernesto is heading into Mexico and the two other tropical weather patterns out in the Atlantic are still low grade tropical weather event and it is much too early to project whether or not they will strengthen into something more impacting. Overall I do see any short term fundamental support for the current level of prices. I would expect that the market will run into difficulty in breaking through the technical resistance level of around $3/mmbtu.
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Today the EIA released their latest STEO report. Following are the main highlights relate to Nat Gas from the report.
EIA expects that natural gas consumption will average 69.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2012, an increase of 3.2 Bcf/d (4.8 percent) from 2011. Large gains in electric power use in 2012 will more than offset declines in residential and commercial use. Projected consumption of natural gas in the electric power sector averages 25.4 Bcf/d in 2012, 22 percent higher than in 2011, primarily driven by the improved relative cost advantages of natural gas over coal for power generation in some regions.
Consumption in the electric power sector during 2012 peaks at 31.6 Bcf/d in the third quarter, when electricity demand for air conditioning is highest. As a result of the extreme heat last month, estimated electric power sector natural gas consumption during July 2012 averaged 34.8 Bcf/d, 1.8 Bcf/d higher than projected in last month's Outlook......Read Dominik Chirihella' entire article.
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