After Event-Driven Volatility, Shoulder Season Demand Means Gas Prices Resumed Their Fall
Minneapolis, MN | March 27, 2023 | By: Steve Sinos, Blue Lacy Advisors, LLC
Natural gas prices resumed their downward run during a wild week across markets. Weather-related volatility seems to be subsiding, and warming forecasts point to reduced demand expectations in the coming days. On March 10, 2023, NOAA expressed moderate to high confidence that temperatures across the US would be below normal for the upcoming week. As of last night, NOAA’s outlook had a moderate to high probability of above-normal temperatures on the East Coast. The chance of colder than normal temps in the West was higher, above 80% across the Southwest, combined with substantial rains, but at this point in the season, those cool temps mean overnight lows in the 40F range and daily highs in the upper-60F range. Likewise, European prices dipped after a brief spike as cool weather passed there. TTF and NBP saw losses in prompt trading of ~€8 and ~20 pence, respectively. Forecast demand for the upcoming week was as much as 40 million cubic meters lower than last week. So even at prices that should be increasingly attractive to buyers, the mood remains somber.
*This summary is based off March 17, 2023
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