Wisconsin Wholesale Natural Gas Update – Dec 22, 2016

Wholesale Natural Gas is currently trading at $3.53 per DTH

With Blake enjoying a well-deserved break in Europe I am captaining the ship in his absence. I am not exactly sure what he is up to, but I bet it involves a fanny pack, pulled up tube socks with denim shorts, and his army hat. In all seriousness, he is enjoying time with him family in Germany which I am sure he and Nancy are grateful for.  Speaking of being grateful, Christmas is upon us!  I do not know about yourself, but I definitely have so much to be thankful for.  I am blessed with many things including a great family, close friends, a fantastic church and spiritual core near me, my health, and a great job where I get to help people save money among other things. I have heard it said, “if you are not grateful than you must be entitled.”  That being said, thank you all who are reading this as you are a part of our company’s journey to help others.

Blake picked a heck of a time to leave. First, NOAA has jockeyed its position on our winter and have now settled again as a colder than normal winter which gave the bulls reason for running the futures. Good thing NOAA did not run for political office or they would be labeled a flip flopper. Next, the market movement resembled that of an EKG readout. First the price collapsed and then rocketed back up resting on colder than normal weather forecasts and projections of large storage withdrawals which occurred (current withdrawal = -209 Bcf).  The graph below depicts the movement of the January contract over the past 8 days. The months with the greatest price risk and swings are coming up.  However, for our clients with a quality NAESB contract, locked in basis and commodity, you can do as Aaron Rodgers once advised and R-E-L-A-X.

The weekly change has been mostly in the front months.  The 2017 Calendar strip was up 4.6 cents week-on-week to $3.457 /Dth while the 2018 Calendar strip was up 3.1 cents to $3.090 /Dth.  The 2017/18 Winter strip was up 2.2 cents for the week to finish at $3.553 /Dth.

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Josh