August NYMEX Natural Gas Futures Contracts Closed at $2.780 on Thursday, July 26th

Thursday, July 26th saw the front-month NYMEX Natural Gas Futures Contracts open at $2.780, slightly above Wednesday’s closing price of $2.775.  The contract slipped to the intraday low of $2.769 within the first thirty minutes of trading. Prices swelled to the intraday high of $2.795 as soon as the weekly storage publication hit the wire. A gradual decline characterized the remainder of the day as August proceeded to close marginally higher on Thursday at $2.780.

The EIA Natural Gas Storage Report published on Thursday showed a 24 BCF injection to storage for the week ended July 20th – just below the market estimate of 25 BCF.  Total working gas in storage was reported as 2,273 BCF; 23.7% below this time last year and 19.7% below the five-year average.

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

New York and New England basis values were unchanged for all seasons.  Additionally, cash prices were higher in New York and New England.

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