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Natural Gas ETFs Burning Up in Anticipation of Winter Cold

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

Natural gas futures and related ETFs climbed Monday as weather forecasts strengthened the expected intensity of a cold trends ahead.

The United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) gained 7.0% Monday as Nymex natural gas futures were 7.3% higher to $3.52 per million British thermal units.

Additionally, for the more aggressive traders, the three-times leveraged-long VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN (UGAZ) surged 21.2% Thursday while the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas (BOIL) , which takes the two times or 200% daily performance of natural gas, advanced 13.6%.

Bespoke Weather Services projected above-average gas-weighted degree days beginning Friday, Nov. 9, which may continue through Nov. 18, with heating demand expected to peak around Nov. 14, the Natural Gas Intelligence reports.

“Our sentiment has ticked slightly bullish in that weekend weather models were some of the most dramatic in recent memory, with all guidance adding an incredible amount of heating demand against the odds,” Bespoke said. “Models do remain incredibly chaotic, and they will continue to bounce prices around significantly as attempting to determine what any individual run will show is near impossible.

Bespoke also added that while a loose Energy Information Administration storage report could pressure prices during any long-range warming trends, the “cold is so impressive as to keep a continual bid under the front of the strip and bring about a major short-covering rally today that keeps us from seeing any top yet.”

The weather system will push across the northern U.S. over the next several days, bringing rain and snow, which could raise heating demand or demand for natural gas. Natural gas prices typically rise ahead of the winter as cold weather fuels indoor-heating demand. The November through march months have traditionally been the seasonal heating period when demand for U.S. gas consumption is at its peak.

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