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The EIA reported a build of +36 Bcf of working gas in storage. Natural gas benchmark futures closed again above $4 per mBtu . European gas markets continue to trade close to highest in over 10 years.  LNG exports and Mexican pipeline transfers were at record high levels in the first half of 2021

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EIA's Weekly Gas Storage Report. Report Date: 7/22/2021

  • Via TradersCommunity.com
  • Release Time: Thursday 7/29//2021 10:30 a.m. ET

Market Expectations

  • Actual  +36  Bcf Prior +49 Bcf
  • Consensus Forecast +42 Bcf
  • Cons. Range: +40 to +46 Bcf
  • Last Year: +115 Bcf
  • 5 Year Average: +83 Bcf 

Last Week's Report +49 Bcf #TCNG

Current Storage Level vs. Last Year; 5-Yr

  • Current Storage Level:2,714 Bcf
  • Storage 2020/Same Week: 3,237 Bcf 
  • 5Yr Avg/Same Week: 2,882 Bcf 


Hot high pressure created scorching conditions over much of the West and into the Plains, with highs of 90s and 100s throughout the week, boosting power needs and driving up prices. High temperatures in the 90s galvanized air conditioner use from Minneapolis to Chicago to Dallas.

In the Midwest, Chicago Citygate gained 11.5 cents day/day to average $3.865, Defiance climbed 12.5 cents to $3.730. Prices advanced throughout Texas as well. Katy gained 10.0 cents to $3.960 and Oneok WesTex rose 3.5 cents to $3.730.

In the MidContinent, ANR SW gained 12.5 cents to $3.785 and OGT jumped 23.0 cents to $3.865. Basis Sotlight As the trading week closed, SoCal Citygate in California was up 38.5 cents to $7.130, while in the Midwest, Alliance was ahead 22.0 cents to $3.720 and Consumers Energy was up 20.0 cents to $3.735.

Rig Watch:

Baker Hughes reported Friday U.S. natural gas rig count held steady at 104 during the week ended Friday (July 23), while a ramp-up in oil drilling drove the combined domestic tally seven units higher to 491 well above the record low of 68 rigs posted in July 2020 (data since 1987). All seven rigs added domestically for the week went to work in the oil patch.

The 491 active U.S. rigs as of Friday compares with 251 rigs in the year-ago period, according to the BKR figures, which are based partly on data from Enverus. Land drilling increased by seven rigs week/week, with the Gulf of Mexico count unchanged at 17. Horizontal rigs increased by five overall, with one directional rig and one vertical unit also added during the period.

The Canadian rig count eased one unit lower overall, falling to 149, with oil-directed drilling accounting for the net decline. Canada still finished the week more than 100 units ahead of the 49 rigs running there a year ago.


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 +43
  • DJ Survey +
  • Reuters Survey +44
  • Platts Survey+

Banks and Brokers

  • Macquarie+
  • Cti +
  • TFS +


  • AgWxMan +
  • Refinitiv +
  • Bart Roy +
  • Genscape +
  • Gabe Harris -
  • WoodMac +
  • Kidduff Report +
  • Platts GW +
  • Robry825 +
  • The Pit Boss +42
  • Norse +
  • Andrea Paltry +42
  • 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 August Nymex contract continues to rally impulsively as expected. NG rallied throughout the week and topped the $4.00 for first time since 2018 settling at $4.060/MMBtu Friday, up nearly 11% from the prior week. The move after completing the ( C of 4 bullish scenario has played out the consolidation phase since it completed its  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.  It accelerated through previous highs (flat topped triangle energy) and over the resistance at 8/8 and new highs.  Support is tenkan and cloud. Watch for ABC formations.

NG D 7 23 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. Breaking 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 Fib/Murrey confluence.

NG W 7 23 2021


Natural Gas Storage Analysis

via RonH Data ‏@ronh999






via Brynne Kelly @BrynneKKelly



Natural Gas Production Watch





Natural Gas LNG Watch

“While year-over-year net exports ran 4.0 Bcf/d higher in April and May, the increase in net exports accelerated to 6.3 Bcf/d in June and 8.4 Bcf/d month-to-date in July,” the EBW team. “Although the dramatic increase was telegraphed to the market in advance, the increase in LNG and pipeline exports to Mexico draws almost exclusively from the South Central region — placing upward pressure on Henry Hub.”

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)


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

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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