Natural Gas traded lower settling $3.666, down $0.034 (0.9%). The curve was weaker, 13/16 down $0.03. Hub cash was weaker, ~$0.20 back this morning, Z-6 down $0.40 to $3.90 as temps are running 10-15 above normal in major Northeast/Midwestern cities through Monday. The 12z runs were mixed, the operational was significantly warmer overall, particularly the 11-15 day as troughing over the Eastern U.S. wasn’t as strong. The ensemble and European models were generally more in line with overnight models, showing much of the nation turning cooler, particulary West to Central U.S. toward the middle of next week. The EIA reported a withdrawal of 73 Bcf, slightly higher than market expectations and bullish against last year’s 20 Bcf withdrawal and 5-yr average 39 Bcf withdrawal. YoY we now stand at a 27 Bcf deficit and the surplus against the 5-yr average tightens to 150 Bcf. Next Thursday we anticipate a withdrawal from storage btwn 0-5 Bcf, bearish vs last year’s 102 Bcf withdrawal and 5-yr average 94 Bcf withdrawal.
Vol was offered through G13 and little changed beyond: (F13 365 25.00 27.00 37.24% -0.45% G13 370 40.50 42.50 36.59% -0.23% H13 365 49.00 51.00 36.29% 0.10% J13 365 54.00 56.00 34.48% 0.40% K13 370 59.00 61.00 32.83% 0.15% M13 375 64.00 66.00 31.64% 0.15% N13 380 69.00 71.00 31.23% 0.19% Q13 380 73.50 75.50 30.98% 0.37% U13 380 79.00 81.00 31.23% 0.27% V13 385 84.50 86.50 31.30% 0.09% X13 395 86.00 88.00 29.46% 0.08% Z13 415 89.00 91.00 27.85% 0.04%). Technically we are bearish but the market is oversold, we look for support $3.50 to hold. Resistance is found at $3.70, $3.82, $3.93. On the downside we see support at $3.58, $3.50, $3.43, $3.36.
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