Natural Gas Weekly Fundamental Analysis October 1-5, 2012 Forecast

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Introduction: Natural gas is nevertheless a major commodity in its own right, which is used for everything from cooking food to heating houses during the winter. Natural Gas is growing much faster than either of its non-renewable fossil fuel competitors, oil and coal.

Do not miss the weekly U.S. gas inventories report. The figures are issued by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) every Thursday afternoon at 15:30 (released Friday at 15:30 if there was a U.S. bank holiday on Monday). Here’s a link to the latest EIA report. The main natural gas moving figure in there is the change in inventories from the previous week. When it comes to the gas inventories report, we’re talking about billions of cubic feet, Bcf for short.

When the actual change in inventories number is released, it is the deviation from the expected number that is really important. If the actual inventories figure shows a 24 Bcf rise when an 84 Bcf increase was expected, then that is actually positive for the price of natural gas. All else equal, the price of natural gas should rise after the release.

A barrel of oil has roughly 6 times the energy content of natural gas. If the fuels were perfect substitutes, oil prices would tend to be about 6 times natural gas prices. However, due to various market characteristics discussed briefly above and the ease of using oil, the price of oil has been following a pattern of 8-12 times that of natural gas. However that ratio has spiked dramatically since March 2009.

Weekly Analysis and Recommendation:

Natural Gas climbed to recent highs to close the week at 3.313 adding almost 10% this week. The commodity opened the week at 3.058 and added 26 cents in an amazing move. Natural gas prices grinded higher during the making a test of yesterday’s high in the process.

Date

Last

Open

High

Low

Change %

Sep 28, 2012

3.313

3.293

3.329

3.249

0.62%

Sep 27, 2012

3.292

3.201

3.314

3.201

2.84%

Sep 26, 2012

3.201

3.116

3.220

3.094

2.76%

Sep 25, 2012

3.115

3.057

3.123

3.042

1.90%

Sep 24, 2012

3.058

3.078

3.079

3.001

-0.63%

Some traders pointed to an elevated amount of offline US nuclear capacity, currently running about 13% above the five year average, provided a source of support. However, mild US weather forecasts over the next six to 10 days present a headwind for natural gas demand. Yesterday’s EIA storage data showed a larger than expected injection of 80 bcf, which was the largest for the year. Total storage stands at 3,576 bcf or 8.6% above the 5 year average. Over the last four weeks natural gas storage has increased 202 bcf.

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Major Economic Events for the week of September 24-28, 2012 actual v. forecast for Euro, GPB, the Franc, and USD

Date

Currency

Event

Actual

Forecast

Previous

Sep. 24 

EUR

German Ifo Business Climate Index 

101.4

102.5

102.3

 

EUR

German Current Assessment 

110.3

111.0

111.1

 

EUR

German Business Expectations 

93.2

95.0

94.2

Sep. 25

EUR

GfK German Consumer Climate 

5.9

5.9

5.9

 

GBP

BBA Mortgage Approvals 

30.5K

28.6K

28.8K

 

USD

CB Consumer Confidence 

70.3

63.0

61.3

 Sep. 26

EUR

German 10-Year Bund Auction 

1.520%

 

1.420%

 

GBP

CBI Distributive Trades Survey 

6

5

-3

 

EUR

German CPI (MoM) 

0.0%

0.0%

0.4%

 

EUR

German CPI (YoY) 

2.0%

2.0%

2.1%

 

USD

New Home Sales 

373K

380K

374K

 Sep. 27

EUR

German Unemployment Change 

9K

10K

11K

 

GBP

Business Investment (QoQ) 

0.9%

-1.5%

-1.5%

 

GBP

Current Account 

-20.8B

-12.4B

-15.4B

 

GBP

GDP (QoQ) 

-0.4%

-0.5%

-0.5%

 

GBP

GDP (YoY) 

-0.5%

-0.5%

-0.5%

 

EUR

Italian 10-Year BTP Auction 

5.24%

 

5.82%

 

USD

Core Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 

-1.6%

0.3%

-1.3%

 

USD

Durable Goods Orders (MoM) 

-13.2%

-5.0%

3.3%

 

USD

Initial Jobless Claims 

359K

378K

385K

 

USD

GDP (QoQ) 

1.3%

1.7%

1.7%

 

USD

Continuing Jobless Claims 

3271K

3285K

3275K

 

USD

Pending Home Sales (MoM) 

-2.6%

-0.7%

2.6%

 Sep. 28

EUR

French GDP (QoQ) 

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

 

EUR

French Consumer Spending (MoM) 

0.4%

-0.1%

0.4%

 

CHF

KOF Leading Indicators 

1.67

1.57

1.59

 

EUR

CPI (YoY) 

2.7%

2.4%

2.6%

 

USD

Core PCE Price Index (MoM) 

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

 

USD

Personal Spending (MoM) 

0.5%

0.5%

0.4%

 

USD

Chicago PMI 

49.7

53.0

53.0

 

USD

Michigan Consumer Sentiment 

78.3

79.0

79.2

Historical: From 2010 to Present

Highest: 6.106 on Jan 07, 2010

Average: 3.836 over this period

Lowest: 1.903 on April 19, 2012

 

WEEKLY

 

Economic Highlights of the coming week that affect the Euro, GBP, CHF and the USD

Date

Time

Currency

Event

Forecast

Previous

Oct. 01 

08:15

CHF

Retail Sales (YoY) 

5.0% 

3.2% 

 

08:30

CHF

SVME PMI 

47.0 

46.7 

 

15:00

USD

ISM Manufacturing Index 

49.8 

49.6 

Oct. 02 

07:00

GBP

Nationwide HPI (MoM) 

0.2% 

1.3% 

Oct. 03 

10:00

EUR

Retail Sales (MoM) 

-0.2% 

-0.2% 

Oct. 04

12:00

GBP

Interest Rate Decision 

0.50% 

0.50% 

 

12:00

GBP

BOE QE Total 

375B 

375B 

 

12:45

EUR

Interest Rate Decision 

0.75% 

0.75% 

Oct. 05

11:00

EUR

German Factory Orders (MoM) 

-0.7% 

0.5% 

Government Bond Auction

Date Time Country 

Oct 01 10:00 Norway 

Oct 02 09:15 Austria 

Oct 02 09:30 Belgium 

Oct 02 09:30 UK 

Oct 02 14:30 UK 

Oct 03 09:10 Sweden 

Oct 03 10:00 Norway 

Oct 04 08:30 Spain 

Oct 04 08:50 France 

Oct 04 15:00 US 

Oct 05 15:30 Italy 

 

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