January NYMEX Natural Gas Futures Contract Closed at $2.572 on Thursday, December 21st

Thursday, December 21st saw the front-month NYMEX Natural Gas Futures Contract open at $2.485, four cents above Wednesday’s closing price of $2.447. Falling to an intraday low of $2.460 by 9:45AM, the contract was trading at $2.478 ahead of the weekly storage publication. Directed upward by a larger than anticipated storage pull, prices rose through midday to peak at an intraday high of $2.604 at 1:15PM. Holding on to this momentum, January traded sideways to finish-out the day; closing higher on Thursday at $2.572.

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The EIA Natural Gas Storage Report published on Thursday showed an 87 BCF withdrawal from storage for the week ended December 15 – within range of the market estimate 84 BCF. Total working gas in storage was reported as 3,577 BCF; 7.2% above this time last year and 8.5% above the five-year average.

As of 8:15AM EST this morning in Globex, WTI Crude was up 62 cents; Natural Gas was up two cents; Heating Oil was up one cent; and Gasoline was up one cent.
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