this guy comes on the radio in houston each weekend and makes a next week prediction. he is pretty much spot on. I reccommend following his weekly report.

But then, i read this:

Energy Industry Icon Re Affirms Oil and Natural Gas Prices will Correct to Downside; Recommends Investors Go to the Sidelines Quickly

MIAMI, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Karl W. Miller, a senior energy executive and institutional investor, today issued the following statement through his advisor VBCC, regarding the state of the U.S. Equity Markets and the Energy Industry.

Mr. Miller recently issued a sell recommendation on the US Natural Gas producers, and called for Natural gas to trade below $3 mmbtu in the U.S. last week.

Mr. Miller re affirms expectations for natural gas to correct to the $2.50 to $2.75 mmbtu price range and will continue getting cheaper, as there are no sustainable demand drivers.

Thus, the natural gas pipeline, master limited partnerships (MLP's) and natural gas producers will suffer substantially reduced earnings during the next 6-8 quarters and are substantially overvalued at the current time.
The Coming Gas Deliverability Crisis

Mr. Miller recommends that the sidelines are the best placement of capital at the current time. The real buying opportunity will come, but now is not the time.

But then i listened to
and Bill Powers commenting on newshour, exclaims that nat gas prices are very soon to easily jump to $6 and even double digit prices next year. Then Bill Powers releases an editorial titled :
of course Mr. Miller could be looking at short term, while Mr. Powers is looking at long term. But i am curious about these predictions. will nat gas fall and then rebound? or has it bottomed and is about to rebound?

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Market prices are as predictable as the shape of clouds on a windy day.
my crystal ball's broken so i don't know what to say really, other than keep doing research and reading everything you can.
My magic eight ball says "reply hazy, try again"
It is all very confusing but here's the bottom line.....the natgas/oil companies are in more control than we think. They know what their doing and will react accordingly. Encana and others are already undergoing major production cut backs, shut in's, and not bringing new wells on unless they have to. The prices will come back due to these actions and other variables. When they do they'll sign hedge contracts and then it'll start all over again like the roller coaster it has always been.
Logan. I see the end of the roller coaster in the not too distant future. It's called shale gas. As the percentage of annual U.S. natural gas production representing shale gas increases and reaches a point of ~ 50%, the ability of the industry to match supply to demand will be enhanced. With the extremely high decline curve associated with shale gas, all operators have to do is stop drilling new wells and the supply will drop much more quickly than in the past. As the initial wells are drilled in units that are not HBP, the remaining wells will be drilled on an "as needed" basis. Prices will still be subject to some short term fluctuations but the extremes in price volatility will be diminished. IMO, we will likely never see gas below $5 nor above $10 when shale gas becomes the predominant source of supply.
Skip, you know way more than me and I hope you're right about the roller coaster. I'm sure some/many are dissapointed that we won't see the high's we once saw but I think it's better to have less of a fluctuation. I hope a more stable market will allow for the usage to grow as companies will feel more comfortable using natgas. Personally, I'd rather have less of a roller coaster's bad for my heart lol.
I think the message i am getting from my readings, is that despite the fact that nat gas is above a 5 yr high for storage: once a drawdown of supply begins and due to the high decline curves of the various shale plays, nat gas prices must come up as the demand side continues for nat gas. Once the realization hits that the future storage of nat gas can never be replaced as production continues to drop, then prices of nat gas will and must run up, provided demand needs it.

so there seems to be a mindset that we are swimming in nat gas or oil, when in fact yes we are at present, but as time goes by, demand continues combined with world population increasing which then continues demand thus prices must go up. Until an alternative shows up, and there isn't one right now.

there isn't any alternative to nat gas that i know. it's the best bang for the buck. and even at 2 , 3 or more times the price, it's still the best bang for the buck.

As reported by Zero Hedge on Thursday, September 10, 2009, natural gas was up by about 16% on no real change in the fundamentals of the commodity. By the end of the trading day, natural gas saw its biggest one-day gain of 15% in almost five years (Fig. 1, click to enlarge). Natural gas price has spiked almost 60 % since Labor Day and prompted investors to believe a V-shaped recovery might be near for the brutally battered U.S. natural gas market. However, don’t break out the champagne just yet until you learn more about two of the major factors driving this latest spike, pipeline Operation Flow Orders and from the trader's perspective.

Operation Flow Orders (OFOs)...What?

On the surface, the Thursday gain was sparked mainly by the Energy Department’s weekly data that showed a “smaller-than-forecast” increase in U.S. stockpiles. Though the news did not really change the overall supply and demand picture, it did send traders scrambling to buy back previously sold positions.

However, according to industry insiders, the "smaller-than-expected" increase in gas storage was largely due to what the pipeline industry called Operation Flow Orders (OFOs). Pipelines may issue OFOs in the event of high or low pipeline inventory. OFOs require shippers/producers to balance their gas supply with their customers' usage on a daily basis, within a specified tolerance band. Shippers may deliver additional supply or limit their supply in order to match customers’ usage. If the supply isn’t balanced, shippers may incur noncompliance charges.

In other words, when OFO's are issued in an oversupply environment like we are in right now, shippers/producers either comply, i.e., sending less gas to pipelines & storages, or pay a penalty. As most shippers logically chose to comply with the OFOs, the volume that normally goes to storage ended up overflowing to the spot market pressuring prices to around $1.84/mmbtu on Friday, 9/4/09, just before Labor Day.

Storage facilities and pipelines typically raise their tolerance band after Labor Day to prepare for the higher winter usage season. So, the lift after Labor Day normalized the market and is a major contributing factor in the 60% rise of natural gas prices since Labor Day.

Although some producers already shut down production in response to the current OFOs, more production shut-in is expected as pipelines continue issuing new OFO's.

The Trader's Perspective

One alternative explanation, from a trader’s perspective, is that a large natural gas player saw the opportunity to make a huge profit by blowing out the stops of the large contingent of traders who were short the natgas market. For example, someone like John D. Arnold, the former Enron trader who is one of the large players in the natural gas market. To the point, the move in natural gas form $3.00 to $3.30 during late day trading on Thursday was strictly due to the pre-configured stop orders being hit.

Still a Very Short and Decoupled Market

Based on a Bloomberg report, although the number of shorts did decline 3.9% from a week earlier, speculative short positions still outnumbered long positions by 169,846 contracts on Nymex for the week ending September 1st, 2009, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In a short market, things can get extremely volatile and completely decoupled from any fundamental or technical indications.

Crude oil and equities markets, which traditionally have a negative correlation, have moved in tandem for the most part of this year. The upward momentum has some investors chasing natural gas, which theoretically should have a fair amount of correlation with oil.

However, as discussed in Oil and Natural Gas: Ratio Explodes in 2009, natural gas tends to be regional, while crude is more globally driven. If we look at the price movement of crude oil, natural gas and the S&P 500 (SPX), it is evident natural gas has completely decoupled and gone off on its own downward spiral (Fig. 2, click to enlarge). This suggests in general that commodity and equities markets will likely be irrelevant to natural gas in the near to medium term, given the fact that there is no fundamental U.S. demand.

Heading for a Sub-Zero Price Zone?

Despite the signals given by Thursday's spike, U.S. natural gas storage currently stands at 3.392 bcf, 17% higher year-over-year, and fast approaching the maximum storage capacity of about 3,900 bcf. The September 2009 EIA Short-term Energy Outlook now expects another 12% build in working natural gas inventories reaching 3,840 Bcf at the end of the 2009 injection season, i.e., October 31st (Fig. 3).

So, there will likely be a painfully lower gas price on hand in the next 6 to 10 weeks or so until winter withdrawals begin. During this period, we could have a short and sharp collapse in the spot price in the sub $2.00 range.

A colder than usual winter season as currently forecast by weather bugs is likely to boost natural gas prices higher; however, if this weather pattern fails to materialize leading to a max-out storage capacity, then we could be looking at a brief sub zero price scenario similar to one the UK experienced in 2006.

Crystal Ball into 2010 & Beyond

Natural gas prices are down about 42% so far this year as demand has been sluggish during the economic downturn, while production from onshore gas fields has remained robust. The EIA now estimates that total domestic natural gas consumption will likely decline by 2.4% in 2009 and remain flat in 2010. As the economy starts to recover and production cuts kick in on a larger scale, natural gas prices should rebound averaging close to the $5.00-$6.00 range in 2010 and gradually ramp up from there. Investors and traders should brace themselves for quite possibly the darkest days in the next 2 months for the natural gas market in over a decade before the dawn finally breaks.

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Thank you for your informative reply. i had expected a few weeks or month ago that nat gas would drop below $2 then shoot way up. i wasn't expecting it to just shoot up from its already low. but here we are, pushing $3.50 and likely up. i am not an investor in nat gas. i am just OCD, (obsessive compulsive disorder) about monitoring nat gas prices daily, and being the proud owner of 2 vertical wells and a future owner of 2 horizontal wells, i tend to watch prices daily, which tell me how the mailbox money is going to be 90 days down the road or thereabouts.

Well, on September 28, this guy sounds like the new Nostradamus. Gas is up 84% this month, 75% higher than his prediction.
we will see, October prices were set yesterday, we start looking at NOV now. Luckily we are still in contango.
Interesting article on Bloomberg: U.S. Northeast May Have Coldest Winter in a Decade (Update2)

“Weak El Ninos are notorious for cold and snowy weather on the Eastern seaboard,” Rogers said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Washington. “About 70 percent to 75 percent of the time a weak El Nino will deliver the goods in terms of above-normal heating demand and cold weather. It’s pretty good odds.”

Reminded me of this cartoon...


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