Trading of natural gas futures contracts on the New York Mercantile Exchange could easily double in 2 years, says Nymex Pres. R. Patrick Thompson. Thompson said gas futures trading amounted to 2,500-3,000 contracts/day a year ago but now is about 12,000/day. He said the gas futures market, established only 18 months ago, could increase to 30,000-40,000 contracts/day in 2 years. Thompson explained that due to environmental considerations and the thrust of the newly enacted omnibus energy bill, natural gas will become the fuel of choice. "The potential for natural gas contract may be greater than the crude oil contract d...

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