GAS PRICE: NOT ABOVE $2.700
PLATTS - NYMEX April natural gas futures were little changed in overnight US trading as traders considered changing weather that spells diverging demand patterns.
At 6:50 am EDT (1050 GMT) the contract was 0.3 cents lower at $2.678/MMBtu.
Below-average temperatures continue to hold over much of the US in the latest projections from the National Weather Service, encompassing the entire eastern third of the US into most of the Midwest and a large section of the West in the six-to-10-day period then shifting in scope to grip nearly the entire northern US and the bulk of the Southwest in the eight-to-14-day period.
Average to above-average temperatures span most of the west-central US and the balance of the West in the shorter-range view then settle over the south further out.
Although lingering cold in store looks to generate late-season heating demand, higher outright temperatures look likely to limit this.
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