Natural gas surges 14% as cold snap ahead is expected to boost demand

  • U.S. natural gas futures surged more than 14.0% on Wednesday as temperatures drop and forecasts tell of more winter weather ahead. The contract for February delivery advanced 14.3% to settle at $4.857 per million British thermal units, hitting the highest level since November. 
  • The heating demand outlook for the eastern third of the U.S. has strengthened materially for this weekend and for the last week of January, noting that this Saturday could see record natural gas demand due to a cold blast forecast for Friday. The weather has gone from being a non-factor or bearish factor all season to being meaningful, again, for prices and demand. 
  • After surging for much of 2021, natural gas prices dropped 36% during the fourth quarter following warm temperatures and as the omicron variant sent jitters through the market. Still, the contract posted a 47% gain for 2021 and is already up nearly 30% for 2022.

(Source: CNBC News)