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Daily Market Update January 23, 2018

Early Morning Update


The Feb18 natural gas contract is trading up $0.14 at $3.36.  The Feb18 crude contract is up $0.58 at $64.15.



February 2018 gas gained nearly four cents on Monday, as weather forecasts have taken a colder turn for the beginning of next month. The prompt month rose 3.9 cents to $3.224, the 12-month strip gained less than a cent to $2.92, and 2019 & 2020 rose 1-2 cents. The first week in February is showing a strong cold front coming through the Midwest and pushing to the East Coast, enveloping much of the high gas-consuming areas of the country. This is expected to bring temperatures slightly to moderately below normal. Demand is already averaging about 15 Bcf/d higher year-to-date in comparison to 2017, pushed higher from a plethora of residential demand and elevated power burns during the first week of the year. Production is, fortunately, expected to recover from well freeze-offs and resume its climb toward 78 Bcf/d, but even these record numbers only cut the supply/demand deficit in half. Strong withdrawals look to continue at least for this week, but should calm with the more mild January weather prior to February’s colder downturn.



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