Natural Gas - April Cold Expected To Last Into The Second Half
- Weather models flipped 180 last night and turned bullish for the second half of April.
- April 2018 is now on track to be the third coldest April since 2000.
- A bullish weather scenario for the injection season would require ~83.5 Bcf/d of production to push us back to the 5-year average by November.
Welcome to the holy moly edition of Natural Gas Daily!
The weather models did a 180 last night with ECWMF-EPS showing a +24 HDD revision over the span of 24 hours.
Commodity Wx Group tweeted two days ago that April 2018 was already on track to be the third coldest April since 2000, and it looks like it just got a lot colder.
Source: Commodity Wx Group
The bullish weather forecast has now derailed our short UGAZ bet as one of the key tenants to being bearish going into the second half of April was for the weather to flip from bullish to bearish. That is now no longer the case, and we have closed our UGAZ short at a profit.
The next set-up could very well be to the long side depending on the weather set-up going into the end of April. The latest update removed 25 Bcf of storage from our forecast, and it looks like we will finish April with a deficit of more than 800 Bcf to last year.
Even though production continues to track the bear case, the bullish weather outlook will help supplement part of the oversupply during the shoulder season, and if the weather remains bullish, then the impact of higher production will be more than offset by bullish demand increases.
At the moment, we will run three scenarios into what we expect storage will look like through the injection period. For 2018, in order for natural gas storage to meet the 5-year average by November, the base case requires Lower 48 production to now average ~81.5 Bcf/d. If the weather is bullish, however, throughout the injection season, this figure rises to ~83.5 to ~84 Bcf/d. And if the weather is bearish, then today's supply will be enough to push us back to the five-year average.
For traders and investors, the scenarios laid out requires Lower 48 production to keep growing at the pace it's growing at. But a bullish weather outlook cannot be ruled out because as you can see, ~83.5 Bcf/d will be near impossible to average for the next 6 months, because it will require an exit of ~87 Bcf/d, which seems out of the question at the moment (primarily due to lack of takeaway capacity).
As a result, if the weather outlook continues to trend supportive for the natural gas market, we think prices will trend higher from here.
If you would like to start receiving live updates on how we are trading our positions, what the traders are saying, or how the fundamental set-up is shifting, we think you should give our premium service a try. See here for more info.
This article was written by
The #1 natural gas research service on Seeking Alpha.
HFIR Natural Gas prides itself in offering variant perception investment research in macro natural gas analysis.
Due to high demand for HFI Research's natural gas premium only offering, we have decided to launch a cheaper premium service, HFI Research Natural Gas, for natural gas followers.
HFI Natural Gas Premium will offer the current exclusive natural gas content HFI Research subscribers currently receive, they include:
- Daily Natural Gas Fundamentals
- Storage Projection Updates
- "What Are The Traders Saying?"
- A community of natural gas traders and investors to bounce ideas off of.
HFI Research Natural Gas will not include the other benefits HFI Research subscribers currently receive, and for those interested in our full offering, you should visit our main page for information:
Analyst’s Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.
Seeking Alpha's Disclosure: Past performance is no guarantee of future results. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. Any views or opinions expressed above may not reflect those of Seeking Alpha as a whole. Seeking Alpha is not a licensed securities dealer, broker or US investment adviser or investment bank. Our analysts are third party authors that include both professional investors and individual investors who may not be licensed or certified by any institute or regulatory body.