Natural Gas Weekly Forecast January 2-6, 2012, Fundamental Analysis

Natural gas prices fell last week, as warmer than expected weather conditions boosted speculations of falling demand for natural gas as a heating fuel. While the EIA report showed natural gas inventories decreased by 81 billion cubic feet, above estimates of a decrease by 85 billion cubic feet.

Traders will be focused on the weather forecasts, as warm weather conditions are expected to weigh down on demand for natural gas, and that could push prices lower since demand for the heating fuel would decrease accordingly.

Highlights for this week that will probably affect the Natural Gas direction are:

Thursday January 5:

At 15:30 GMT, The EIA will release the weekly natural gas storage change for the week ending December 30, where the prior report showed that natural gas inventories decreased by 81 billion cubic feet.

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