April NYMEX Natural Gas Futures Contracts Closed at $2.681 on Thursday, March 15th

Thursday, March 15th saw the front-month NYMEX Natural Gas Futures Contracts open at $2.740, a penny above Wednesday’s closing price of $2.731.  Climbing to the intraday high of $2.745 by 9:20AM, prices then retreated to the $2.73 mark as traders awaited the weekly storage publication.  Plummeting below $2.690 as the bearish report hit the wire, the contract continued downward to cross midday near the $2.68 level.  Falling to a two-week intraday low of $2.664 at 1:30PM, April closed lower on Thursday at $2.681.

The EIA Natural Gas Storage Report published on Thursday showed a 93 BCF withdrawal from storage for the week ended March 9th –below the market estimate of 100 BCF.  Total working gas in storage was reported as 1,625 BCF; 29.5% below this time last year and 15.6% below the five-year average.

This morning in Globex, WTI Crude was up 16 cents; Natural Gas was down one cent; Heating Oil was up slightly; and, Gasoline was down slightly.  

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