Natural Gas Weekly Fundamental Analysis September 3-7, 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  was driven this week by Hurricane Isaac until it make landfall mid week and the threat dissipated. Although global sentiment saw commodities raise on Friday after Mr. Bernanke’s speech. As the USD fell to recent lows, dollar denominated commodities soared.

Date

Last

Open

High

Low

Change %

Aug 31, 2012

2.803

2.757

2.808

2.708

1.56%

Aug 30, 2012

2.760

2.697

2.767

2.655

2.36%

Aug 29, 2012

2.696

2.631

2.701

2.611

2.47%

Aug 28, 2012

2.631

2.679

2.692

2.626

-1.76%

Aug 27, 2012

2.678

2.775

2.792

2.663

-3.46%

This week’s injection report from the EIA showed higher than expected increases but as you can see from the chart above, the report had little effect on prices, as NG climbed steadily this week.

Natural Gas is expected to decline after the elation from Mr. Bernanke’s address wears off.

As per US energy department, gas storage has been increased by 66BCF, higher than prior week and survey also. Though consumption has been increased in the last week after two weeks of fall, the demand level is still low in comparison to last year at this same time. Active hurricane season has created supply disturbances and weekly supply declined by 2.84% in the last week. As per National Hurricane Centre, tropical storm Isaac has turned as depression inland, which eased the concern of supply disturbances. As per U.S. Treasury Department, International Energy Agency, a 28-member group of oil consuming countries are prepared to call upon a meet to take appropriate action to ensure that the market is fully and timely supplied

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Tier 1 and 2 Economic Releases for August 27-31, 2012

Date

Currency

Event

Actual

 

Forecast

Previous

Aug. 27

SEK

Swedish Retail Sales (MoM) 

0.30%

 

0.20% 

-0.30% 

 

EUR

German Ifo Business Climate Index 

102.3

 

102.6 

103.2 

 

EUR

German Current Assessment 

111.2

 

110.8 

111.5 

 

EUR

German Business Expectations 

94.2

 

95.0 

95.5 

Aug. 28

AUD

HIA New Home Sales (MoM) 

-5.6%

 

 

2.8% 

 

EUR

GfK German Consumer Climate 

5.9

 

5.9 

5.9 

 

USD

CB Consumer Confidence 

60.6

 

66.0 

65.4 

Aug. 29

AUD

Construction Work Done (QoQ) 

-0.2%

 

1.0% 

7.8% 

 

CHF

KOF Leading Indicators 

1.57

 

1.50 

1.41 

 

EUR

German CPI (MoM) 

0.3%

 

0.2% 

0.4% 

 

USD

GDP (QoQ) 

1.7%

 

1.7% 

1.5% 

 

USD

Pending Home Sales (MoM) 

2.4%

 

1.0% 

-1.4% 

 

USD

Beige Book 

 

 

 

 

 

NZD

Building Consents (MoM) 

2.0%

 

3.0% 

5.7% 

Aug. 30

JPY

Retail Sales (YoY) 

-0.8%

 

-0.2% 

0.2% 

 

AUD

Building Approvals (MoM) 

-17.3%

 

-5.0% 

-1.0% 

 

AUD

Private New Capital Expenditure (QoQ) 

3.4%

 

2.4% 

7.7% 

 

EUR

German Unemployment Change 

9K

 

8K 

9K 

 

USD

Core PCE Price Index (MoM) 

0.0%

 

0.1% 

0.2% 

 

CAD

Current Account 

-16.0B

 

-15.0B 

-10.2B 

 

USD

Personal Spending (MoM) 

0.4%

 

0.4% 

0.0% 

 

USD

Initial Jobless Claims 

374K

 

370K 

374K 

 

USD

Continuing Jobless Claims 

3316K

 

3307K 

3321K 

Aug. 31

KRW

South Korean Industrial Production (YoY) 

0.3%

 

0.5% 

1.4% 

 

JPY

Unemployment Rate 

4.3%

 

4.3% 

4.3% 

 

JPY

Tokyo Core CPI (YoY) 

-0.5%

 

-0.6% 

-0.6% 

 

JPY

Industrial Production (MoM) 

-1.2%

 

1.7% 

0.4% 

 

GBP

Nationwide HPI (MoM) 

1.3%

 

0.1% 

-0.8% 

 

EUR

CPI (YoY) 

2.6%

 

2.5% 

2.4% 

 

EUR

Unemployment Rate 

11.3%

 

11.3% 

11.3% 

 

CAD

GDP (MoM) 

0.2%

 

0.1% 

0.1% 

 

USD

Chicago PMI 

53.0

 

53.5 

53.7 

 

USD

Michigan Consumer Sentiment 

74.3

 

73.6 

73.6 

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 for the upcoming week… Tiers 3 keep your eyes on these

Date

Time

Currency

Event

Forecast

 

Previous

 

 

Sep. 04

05:30

AUD

Interest Rate Decision 

3.50% 

 

3.50% 

 

 

 

15:00

USD

ISM Manufacturing Index 

50.0 

 

49.8 

 

 

Sep. 05

02:30

AUD

GDP (QoQ) 

0.8% 

 

1.3% 

 

 

 

14:00

CAD

Interest Rate Decision 

1.00% 

 

1.00% 

 

 

Sep. 06

02:30

AUD

Employment Change 

5.0K 

 

14.0K 

 

 

 

02:30

AUD

Unemployment Rate 

5.3% 

 

5.2% 

 

 

 

12:00

GBP

Interest Rate Decision 

0.50% 

 

0.50% 

 

 

 

12:45

EUR

Interest Rate Decision 

0.75% 

 

0.75% 

 

 

Sep. 07

15:00

CAD

Ivey PMI 

58.0 

 

62.8 

  

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