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Daily Market Update April 27, 2020

Early Morning Update

The May20 natural gas contract is trading down $0.13 at $1.62.  The Jun20 crude oil contract is down $4.54 at $12.40. 

Summary

On Friday, the May 2020 NYMEX natural gas futures price dipped down 6.9 cents on the day to settle at $1.746/MMBtu, just under five cents lower week-over-week. Supply glut and lack of storage drove crude oil pricing lower, with the prompt month down about $4 versus last week, trading just over $12/barrel this morning. Power burn, natural gas used for power generation, is up about 1.0 Bcf/d for April, mostly due to low gas  pricing coupled with the current nuclear maintenance season. Weather forecasts continue to show cooler-than-normal temps in the Northeast through the beginning of May, while a blanket of warmth can be seen starting in the West and moving towards the middle of the country. Rigs counts continue to fall, down just over 400 rigs versus this time last year, as pricing remains very low for natural gas and crude, putting pressure on producers. While the effects have yet to be seen in the supply numbers, expectations are that we may see declines in production later this year into next winter. U.S. dry production remains just above 92.0 Bcf/d, just over 3.0 Bcf/d from where we were this time in 2019.

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