March NYMEX Natural Gas Futures Contract Closed at $1.603 on Friday, February 23rd

Friday, February 23rd saw the front-month NYMEX Natural Gas Futures Contract open at $1.621, eleven cents below Thursday’s closing price of $1.732. Posting a modest bump to achieve the intraday high of $1.644 ahead of 9:05AM, the contract then continued its overnight decline as weather forecasts continued to disappoint. Overlooking news of upcoming production cuts, prices seesawed near $1.610 for the balance of the day, marking the intraday low of $1.593 at 11:35AM. March closed lower on Friday at $1.603.

The EIA Natural Gas Storage Report published last Thursday showed a 60 BCF withdrawal from storage for the week ended February 16 – in line with the market estimate 64 BCF. Please note a revision in the East Region from the prior week’s report of 5 BCF, changing last week’s total withdrawal from 49 BCF to 54 BCF. Total working gas in storage was reported as 2,470 BCF; 12.0% above this time last year and 22.3% above the five-year average.

As of 6:10AM EST this morning in Globex, WTI Crude was down 21 cents; Natural Gas was up six cents; Heating Oil was up two cents; and Gasoline was up one cent.
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