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Daily Market Update February 1, 2019

Early Morning Update

The Mar19 natural gas contract is trading down $0.02 at $2.79.  The Mar19 crude oil contract is up $0.22 at $54.01.

 
 

Summary

One last hurrah for the frigid conditions that have blanketed much of the country.  Over the weekend, forecasts call for a significant warm-up on temperatures, in some cases the temperature change will be 75 degrees over the course of just 48 hours.  Watch out for potholes.  We’ve seen some higher index prices for both gas and power, but not as high as last winter.  The difference this year was that the intense cold never made it all the way to the Boston area, so those along the Algonquin pipeline were spared from the same conditions that Chicago saw.  
The EIA yesterday announced a draw from storage of 173 Bcf, lower than expectations.  The report had a limited impact on pricing as the prompt month slid 4c to close at $2.814.  The warm-up in temps is having an effect on the end/season storage projections.  The latest estimate calls for a total of 1.33 Tcf although I’m sure that’ll change again as weather volatility continues.

 

Market Update 020119 

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