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  • greatdayforinvestments greatdayforinvestments Mar 19, 2013 12:43 AM Flag

    Natural Gas Supplies Now Under 2 Tcf

    Let's hope the decrease trend continues!

    The U.S. Energy Department's weekly inventory release showed a larger-than-expected decrease in natural gas supplies on account of cold temperatures across the Midwest and Northeast parts of the country. Despite this drawdown, gas stocks continue to remain bloated, reflecting low demand amid robust onshore output.

    Analysis of the Data

    Stockpiles held in underground storage in the lower 48 states fell by 145 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ended Mar 08, 2013, higher than the guided range (of 133–137 Bcf drawdown) as per the analysts surveyed by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. (MHP) .

    The decrease represents the 16th withdrawal of the 2012-2013 winter heating season after stocks hit an all-time high in early November last year. Moreover, the draw was significantly higher than both the last year’s withdrawal of 66 Bcf and the five-year (2008–2012) average reduction of 74 Bcf for the reported week.

    Following the past week’s reduction, the current storage level – at 1.938 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) – is down 440 Bcf (18.5%) from the last year but is still 198 Bcf (11.4%) above the five-year average.

    In fact, natural gas inventories in underground storage have persistently exceeded the five-year average since late Sep 2011 and ended the usual summer stock-building season of April through October at a record 3.923 Tcf (as of Oct 31, 2012).

    A supply glut kept the natural gas prices under pressure during the couple of years or so, as production from dense rock formations (shale) – through novel techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – remain robust, thereby overwhelming demand.

    However, with the U.S. winter colder than the unusually warm last one, we are experiencing some balancing of the commodity’s supply/demand disparity on the back of its more normalized use for space heating by residential/commercial consumers.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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