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Natural gas futures broke $3.90 ahead of EIA reporting a near consensus build of +49 Bcf  in gas storage last week. The market is focusing on demand, option strikes and hedging levels. Gas flows to U.S LNG export terminals last Friday were 10.2 bcf, almost double a year ago.

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EIA's Weekly Gas Storage Report. Report Date: 7/15/2021

  • Via TradersCommunity.com
  • Release Time: Thursday 7/22//2021 10:30 a.m. ET

Market Expectations

  • Actual  +49  Bcf Prior +55 Bcf
  • Consensus Forecast +68 Bcf
  • Cons. Range: +64 to +78 Bcf
  • Last Year: +115 Bcf
  • 5 Year Average: +83 Bcf 

Last Week's Report +55 Bcf #TCNG

Current Storage Level vs. Last Year; 5-Yr

  • Current Storage Level:2,678 Bcf
  • Storage 2020/Same Week: 3,210 Bcf 
  • 5Yr Avg/Same Week: 2,854 Bcf 

Rig Watch:

Baker Hughes reported Friday that the number of active U.S. nat-gas drilling rigs in the week ended July 2 was 98 (prev 98), well above the record low of 68 rigs posted in July 2020 (data since 1987).


TradersCommunity Natural Gas Outlook Format

  1. EIA Natural Gas Storage Forecast and Analysis
  2. LNG and Export Warch
  3. Natural Gas Import Watch
  4. Natural Gas Demand Watch
  5. Nuke Watch
  6. Natural Gas Futures Technical Analysis
  7. Option Vol
  8. DCOT Report

Natural Gas Market Influence Factors:

Bearish factors include

  • Economic damage and reduced natural gas demand caused by the Covid pandemic,
  • Warm U.S. winter that resulted in weak demand for natural gas for heating.
  • Over long spec positions

Bullish factors include

  • Record foreign demand for U.S. nat-gas as flows to U.S LNG export terminals on April 18 rose to a record 11.921 bcf (data from 2014) and after U.S. LNG exporters loaded a record 81 cargoes in November, breaking the previous record of 75 set January of 2020,
  • Expectations that the low level of oil prices will reduce shale drilling and natural gas extraction as a by-product
  • Tighter U.S. nat-gas supplies that are down -14.8% y/y and -2.6% below their 5-year average.
  • Over short spec positions




Weather Watch

Gulf of Mexico

Near Record Warm Gulf of Mexico Water temperatures are running 1-3+ degrees above average

Natural Gas Quick Look


EIA Natural Gas Storage Watch

EIA Storage Report

US Natural Gas Weekly Storage Forecasts


  • Bloomberg Survey +65
  • DJ Survey +
  • Reuters Survey +68
  • Platts Survey+

Banks and Brokers

  • Macquarie+
  • Cti +
  • TFS +


  • AgWxMan +
  • Refinitiv +
  • Bart Roy +
  • Genscape +
  • Gabe Harris -
  • WoodMac +
  • Kidduff Report +
  • Platts GW +
  • Robry825 +
  • The Pit Boss +68
  • Norse +
  • Andrea Paltry +68
  • Point Logic +
  • Bespoke +
  • Shane Boling +
  • Schneider Electric +
  • Donnie Sharp Huntsville +
  • NG Junkie -
  • EBW +

NB: Forecasts uploaded when provided to TradersCommunity.com - some weeks they may not made available.


EIA Swap Market - Brynne Kelly ‏@BrynneKKelly


Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures Weekly Chart Outlook via @KnovaWave

US Natural Gas (Henry Hub)

Daily: US Natural Gas after completing the (ii) of 1 bearish or the alternative C of 4 bullish scenario has played out both the corrective and consolidation phases since it completed its B or IV ( Bull Case) last year since then a series of 3 waves. Price has moved over the Tenkan and Kijun through the 50dma, which are now support.  Key is if can cross through previous highs (flat topped triangle energy) and over the resistance at 8/8 and said highs.  Support is tenkan and cloud

 NG D 6 25 2021

Weekly: Natty has moved in a series of 3's since spat the 50 wma to get over weekly Kijun and Tenkan and bounced off the 50wma. Testing recent highs on its 3rd attempt.   A series of fractals between old 38 and 50% channel., as you would expect in a seasonal commodity with weather a prime mover. Resistance is recent highs and Fib/Murrey confluence.

 NG W 6 25 2021

Natural Gas Storage Analysis

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999






via Brynne Kelly @BrynneKKelly



Natural Gas Production Watch





Natural Gas LNG Watch

On Apr 18, gas flows to U.S LNG export terminals climbed to a record 11.921 bcf (data from 2014), according to BNEF.

via Criterion @Pipelineflows, RonH Data ‏@ronh999

Natural Gas feed to LNG facilities Sabine Pass, Cameron, Elba Island, Cove Point & Corpus Christi






In July 2020, US LNG facilities averaged 3.22 Bcf/day natgas inflow and 3.00 Bcf/day of LNG exports loaded on tankers. Lowest since Oct 2018. via https://public.tableau.com/profile/ron.h8

  ++Charts via RonH @RonH999 - Visit Ron for daily updates 

Natgas inflow and LNG Exported by US LNG facilities Sabine Pass, Cameron, Cove Point & Corpus Christi avg Bcf/day/month.

June 2021

U.S. liquefied natural gas exports were at record high levels in the first half of 2021


For Full LNG Outlook Please Visit ourLNG Weekly Here

Natural Gas Mexican Exports Watch

via RonH Energy

US natural gas exports to Mexico established a new monthly record in June 2021




Natural Gas Canada Import Watch

via RonH Energy


Natural Gas Demand Watch




 US Feb 2021 pwCDD + gwHDD were 905. That is +111 vs the long term avg.

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999






For Greater Depth Visit our Natural Gas Demand Monitor Here

US Feb Natural Gas demand by category.

Visit For Daily Updates ++Charts via RonH @RonH999  

Natural Gas Nuke Watch

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999

ALERT Three Mile Island nuclear shut down permanently on Friday afternoon 9/292019. US nuclear output for Sep 23 88,466.6 MW. This is -532.8 MW vs 5yr avg.


Natural Gas Options Structure - Volatilty (COT)

NYMEX ON NATURAL GAS OPTIONS CommodityVol.com @CommodityImpVol



Natural Gas Futures Committment of Traders (COT)

Money managers sold 50,937 contracts of natural gas in the week ended June 4, taking the largest net short position since March of 2016

NG COT 6 4 19

Disaggregated Committment of Traders (DCOT)via RonH Data ‏@ronh999 @ole_s_hansen

COT on energy in week to June 22 saw speculators cut bullish crude oil bets by just 1% while products and natgas got bought.


Week Ended June 8, 2001 via Ole Hansen

Crude Oil Futures Committment of Traders

Latest ICE and CFTC Open Interest Data: 


Understanding DCOT Reports

Read Understanding Commitments of Traders Reports - COT, TFF and DCOT  to help understand the disaggregated reports (DCOT) and how they break down the reportable open interest positions into four classifications: 1. Producer/Merchant/Processor/User 2. Swap Dealers 3. Managed Money 4. Other Reportables 

Natural Gas DCOT futures only managed money traders WoW change

(Note at NG peak Highest Longs Ever 87% (since 2006) Lowest Longs 2020 24%)

  • For week ending Jul 20
  • Natgas DCOT futures only managed money traders WoW change
  • -3204 longs
  • +3314 shorts
  • -6518 net change
  • 58% net long




Read Understanding Commitments of Traders Reports - COT, TFF and DCOT to help understand the disaggregated reports (DCOT) and how they break down the reportable open interest positions into four classifications:

1. Producer/Merchant/Processor/User 2. Swap Dealers 3. Managed Money 4. Other Reportables 

Sources: TradersCommunity Research, RonH Energy, The Fundamental Edge, Knovawave

From the Traders Community Research Desk

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