For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – September 15, 2015 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include the Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK), Range Resources Corp. (RRC), QEP Resources Inc. (QEP), EOG Resources Inc. (EOG) and Devon Energy Corp. (DVN).
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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:
Bullish EIA Notwithstanding, Natural Gas Remains Subdued
The U.S. Energy Department's weekly inventory release showed a smaller-than-expected increase in natural gas supplies. Following the bullish inventory news, natural gas prices gained more than 2% and ended the week on a positive note.
However, the commodity is still averaging less than half of what it did some 5-6 years back. With production remaining plentiful and expected to outpace demand for most of 2015, the commodity is likely to stay depressed for a while.
About the Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report
The Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report – brought out by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) every Thursday since 2002 – includes updates on natural gas market prices, the latest storage level estimates, recent weather data and other market activities or events.
The report provides an overview of the level of reserves and their movements, thereby helping investors understand the demand/supply dynamics of natural gas. It is an indicator of current gas prices and volatility that affect businesses of natural gas-weighted companies and related support plays.
Analysis of the Data
Stockpiles held in underground storage in the lower 48 states rose by 68 billion cubic feet (Bcf) for the week ended Sep 4, 2015, below the guided range (of 72–76 Bcf gain) as per the analysts surveyed by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Financial Inc. The increase – the 23rd successive weekly injection – was also less than last year’s build of 90 Bcf though it surpassed the 5-year (2010–2014) average addition of 63 Bcf for the reported week.
Notwithstanding the past week’s less-than-expected climb, the current storage level – at 3.261 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) – is still up 473 Bcf (17%) from last year and is 127 Bcf (4%) above the five-year average.
Prices Rally After Bullish Storage Data but Remain Under Pressure
Spurred by the bullish storage injection, gas prices jumped as much as 2.4% to $2.72 per million Btu (MMBtu) on Thursday. Though the commodity shed some of its gains later in the week on expectations of tepid cooling demand with the imminent arrival of colder autumn temperatures, it was still up 1.4% for the week.
But natural gas prices are still way off the heights reached some years back. From a peak of about $13.50 per MMBtu in 2008 to below $3 now – sinking in between to a 10-year low of under $2 in 2012 – the plummeting value of natural gas represents a decline of around 80% over seven years. With production from the major shale plays remaining strong and the commodity’s demand failing to keep pace with this supply surge, natural gas prices have been held back. Even the summer cooling demand has been of little help.
The price weakness translates into limited upside for natural gas-weighted companies like Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK), Range Resources Corp. (RRC), QEP Resources Inc. (QEP), EOG Resources Inc. (EOG) and Devon Energy Corp. (DVN).
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