US NATURAL GAS INVENTORY: THE PRODUCING REGION SCENERY © Leo Haviland May 6, 2013

When United States natural gas 2013 build season ends this autumn, inventories in the key Producing Region probably will be around 1200bcf, plus or minus five percent (1140bcf to 1260bcf range). Based upon historic inventory patterns, especially those of 2006 to the present, most marketplace participants probably would view around 1200bcf as average. Unlike build season 2012, the Producing Region will not confront notable containment issues this year.

Suppose a bear trend for NYMEX natural gas (nearest futures continuation) emerged from the recent highs over 440. One time to look for an important bottom is in late August/calendar September 2013.

Historical review of Producing Region inventory levels and trends alongside NYMEX natural gas price trends and levels reveals a rough pattern. Assume that gas prices establish an important peak. Although the history is relatively brief, there is a seasonal tendency for natural gas prices (NYMEX nearest futures continuation) to establish important bottoms sometime around late calendar August through calendar September and thus in the later stage of Producing Region (and US) build season. See the table above. Several of these lows were major trend change points.

This is a guideline, not a destiny.

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