Market Hotline: US natural gas price behavior counterintuitive

05/13/2002
US natural gas prices aren't behaving the way they are supposed to.The rationale for the recent rise in gas prices goes beyond the appellation of "contraseasonal." Given the currently ample state of natural gas storage in the US, perhaps a more accurate description of the gas market direction might be "counterintuitive."A key influence of course is the surge in oil prices that persists with continuing restraint among oil exporters and with continuing hostilities in the Middle East coming amid rebounding oil demand. That alone has pushed a sizable chunk of demand among the fuel-switchable crowd back to gas.UncertaintyBut part of upward pressure on gas prices seems to be a thing apart from ...
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