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Daily Market Update June 17, 2022

Early Morning Update

The Jul ‘22 natural gas contract is trading down $0.15 at $7.31.  The Jul ‘22 crude oil contract is down $0.90 at $116.69.

Summary

What a week. The NYMEX market has rarely been more volatile than the recent trade history. The July 2022 prompt month contract has settled today at $7.464/MMBtu. In the last week, it has traded as high as $9.15/MMBtu and as low as $7.008/MMBtu. Impacts to available supply are the major fundamental reasons for the wild movement. The Houston located Freeport LNG facility suffered a supposedly minor fire that led to the demand of feedgas being reduced by about 2Bcf/d. Initial reports called for a return of the facility after being offline for only three weeks, but this has been usurped and replaced with a forecast that says the LNG Terminal will remain offline until later in 2022. This has allowed for the feedgas to be funneled to other demand sectors, including storage and to other demand sectors like power burn. Speaking of power burn, the recent heat that has been scorching much of the nation has pushed the demand for power to very high levels for June. Power burn demand peaked yesterday at 45.1Bcf, about 10Bcf higher than the current June average leading up to this week.

 

Market Update 06 17 2022

Market Settles 06 16 2022

 

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