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Daily Market Update October 10, 2018

Early Morning Update

The Nov18 natural gas contract is trading up $0.03 at $3.30. The Nov18 crude contract is up $0.51 at $74.80.



After trading in a wide range between $3.237 and $3.368/MMBtu, the November prompt month contract settled at $3.266 yesterday, nearly unchanged from Monday’s settlement price of $3.267. Beyond the November contract, December-March moved decidedly higher yesterday, gaining two cents, on average. Winter uncertainty plagues the market and Hurricane Michael has not added any reassurance. The storm has quickly gained steam since the beginning of this week, reaching category 4 strength overnight. Total U.S. dry natural gas production reached 84.1 Bcf/d on Monday, but Michael has shut in Gulf gas production by about 30%, and U.S. dry natural gas production was estimated to be 82.5 Bcf/d yesterday and today. The Southeast is preparing for the storm and potential power outages. The overall impact will likely be reflected in the natural gas storage report that the EIA releases on October 18. Current stockpiles still sit at large deficits to the historical benchmarks, 18% deficit to last year and 17% deficit to the 5-year average.


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