GAS PRICES DOWN TO $2.933
PLATTS - NYMEX January natural gas futures moved higher in US overnight trading before retracing their gains as traders consider supportive weather against bearish supply.
Colder weather outlooks for major heating regions support the upside, while the recent and impending lackluster pace of storage erosion is keeping downward pressure on the market. At 6:50 am ET (1150 GMT) the contract was 5.2 cents lower at $2.933/MMBtu.
Updated National Weather Service projections for the six-to-10-day and eight- to 14-day periods continue to show the US split between below-average temperatures over the entire eastern half and aboveaverage temperatures over the bulk of the West, with a narrow swath of average temperatures over the Central US.
Cold weather in store for the major heat-consuming regions in the East should boost demand and weekly stock withdrawals, but recent mild conditions have meant modest storage withdrawals.
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REUTERS - State oil company Saudi Aramco last week raised prices for all crude oil grades to Asia in January.
U.S. BLS - Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 228,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care.
Отклонение нефтегазовых доходов федерального бюджета от месячной оценки, соответствующей Федеральному закону о федеральном бюджете на 2017-2019 годы, в декабре 2017 года прогнозируется в размере +204,8 млрд руб.
“Tight oil supplies are the wild card. They have reshaped the global outlook in recent years,” observed Ayed S. Al-Qahtani, who directs the research division at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna. “US tight oil supplies will be the most important contributor but are expected to reach their peak around 2025.”