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Expectations for Heating Demand Are Driving Prices Higher

Posted by Acclaim Energy on Oct 2, 2012 4:34:00 PM

Natural Gas futures paused today after the November 2012 contract rallied more than 20% during the last 5 trading sessions. This has been the biggest 5 day run in almost three years.

The 6-10 day weather forecasts (see picture below), are still calling for below normal temperatures across most of the continental U.S. MDA EarthSat is expecting that heating demand nationwide will be 78% above normal from 10/7-10/11. Therefore there will be an increase in natural gas fired power plant burn. There are a couple fundamental factors that could limit the upside, but we still see somewhat of a bullish bias in the market.

Technically we continue to be in overbought territory, yet we might consolidate around the $3.50/MMBtu level until we get fresh news from the storage data for the week ending on 9/28/12.

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