US: EIA Natural Gas Report

Thu May 10 09:30:00 CDT 2018

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Weekly Change 89bcf 62bcf

Natural gas in storage rose 89 billion cubic feet in the May 4 week to 1,432 bcf. Only the second consecutive weekly build following a weather-related 3-week delay in the traditional start of the injection season, when builds are the norm, was nearly twice as large as the 45 bcf increase last year and exceeded the 82 bcf average increase over the last five years in the comparable week. Gas stocks remained within the 5-year historical range for this time of year but were 37.6 percent below last year's level and 26.6 percent below the 5-year average for the period.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides weekly information on natural gas stocks in underground storage for the U.S. and five regions of the country. The level of inventories helps determine prices for natural gas products.

Natural gas product prices are determined by supply and demand - just like any other good and service. During periods of strong economic growth, one would expect demand to be robust. If inventories are low, this may lead to increases in natural gas prices. If inventories are high and rising in a period of strong demand, prices may not need to increase at all, or as much. During a period of sluggish economic activity, demand for natural gas may not be as strong. If inventories are rising, this may push down natural gas prices.