Natural Gas Analysis: EIA raises US natural gas consumption forecast

July 10, 2019

By IFCMarkets

EIA raises US natural gas consumption forecast

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) raised its forecast for US natural gas consumption for 2019 and 2020. Will the NATGAS quotations growth continue ?

EIA published the Energy Overview (Short-Term Energy Overview) for July. Compared to the June overview, gas consumption in the United States is expected to increase by 0.42 billion cubic feet per day to 84.59 billion cubic meters in 2019 and by 0.16 billion cubic feet per day to 2020 to 84.54 billion. In other words, gas consumption should be reduced in the United States next year. It is difficult to say whether this is possible. This EIA forecast assumes the recovery of US natural gas reserves. For a long time (from September 2017) they are below their 5-year average. And in March of the current year they were one third lower than this average. Large-scale plans to increase the export of American liquefied natural gas (LNG) can help reduce reserves and increase quotes for ordinary natural gas. In this and next years, several large LNG terminals will be launched in the USA. Note that, according to U.S. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission for the past week, the number of positions for the sale of natural gas (net short) reached a maximum since November 2015, and the number of positions for purchase (net longs) has been at a minimum since December 2011. If speculators are forced to close short positions, the upward movement of gas quotations may receive an additional impetus.


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On a daily timeframe Natgas: D1 broke up the downtrend resistance line and adjusted upward. Various technical analysis indicators have generated an uptrend signals. Further growth of quotations is possible in case of an increase in demand in the USA and a massive closure of short positions.

  • The Parabolic indicator shows a signal to increase.
  • The Bolinger bands narrowed, indicating a volatility decrease. Both Bollinger lines are sloping up.
  • the RSI indicator is above the 50 mark. It formed a weak divergence to increase.
  • The MACD indicator gives bullish signal.

The bullish momentum may develop if Natgas exceeds its last maximum: 2.45. This level can be used as an entry point. The initial stop lose may be placed below the two last lower fractals, the bottom Bollinger line, the minimum since May 2016 and the Parabolic signal: 2.1. After opening the pending order stop shall be moved folowing the signals of Bollinger and Parabolic to the next fractal minimum.Thus, we are changing the potential profit/loss to the breakeven point. More risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place a stop loss moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop level (2,1) without reaching the order (2,45), we recommend to cancel the order: the market sustains internal changes that were not taken into account.

Technical Analysis Summary

Position Buy
Buy stop Above 2,45
Stop loss Below 2,1

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