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    Natural Gas bounces after selling regime takes a breather

    FXStreet
    Updated Feb 21, 2024 24:34
    Mitrade

    • Natural Gas up over 1% in European trading. 


    • Traders are sending Gas higher in an inverse correlation with a weaker US Dollar. 


    • The US Dollar Index is flat to mildly in the red with markets catching up after Monday’s US holiday.



    Natural Gas (XNG/USD) is jumping back above $1.65 and is trying another attempt to snap its losing streak. The countermove gets a bit of help from the US Dollar which is retreating a touch just hours before the US opening bell. Selling pressure meanwhile comes from European headlines where Natural Gas is facing even more headwinds.


    The US Dollar (USD) is retreating a touch on Tuesday with US markets getting ready to catch up after their public holiday on Monday. Traders are sending European bond yields higher after the European Central Bank Report (ECB) shows European wages are still very elevated. The Euro is up against the US Dollar, which makes the US Dollar Index (DXY) retreat a touch.


    Natural Gas is trading at $1.66 per MMBtu at the time of writing. 



    Natural Gas market movers: EU headlines are remaining an issue

    • EU member states and the EU parliament have agreed on a framework to certify carbon removals, which is part of an effort to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and cut emissions further.


    • Several companies have asked the EU to cut energy costs and the regulatory burden for green rules, in order to maintain competitiveness with China. 



    • Windy weather in Europe is increasing energy production via wind turbines, reducing the need for Natural Gas in an already tepid demand climate. 



    • Record deliveries from Qatar to Europe in LNG were recorded last week. 



    Natural Gas Technical Analysis: A drop on a hot plate


    Natural Gas faces more and more headaches, on a near daily basis when looking at the headlines that are emerging from one of its biggest consumers: Europe. The green sprint in Europe, together with more and more green energy sources overtaking Natural Gas as a source of energy, threatens the future for Gas in terms of volumes needed. For now India is happy to take over those excess volumes, though the question remains for how long?


    On the upside, Natural Gas is facing some pivotal technical levels to get back to. First stop is $1.99, – the level which, when broken, saw an accelerated decline. Next is the blue line at $2.13 with the triple bottoms from 2023. In case Natural Gas sees sudden demand pick up, possibly $2.40 could come into play.


    Keep an eye on $1.80, which was a pivotal level back in July 2020 and should act as a cap now. Should more supply emerge in the markets, or more weakening data globally point to even more sluggish global growth – $1.64 and $1.53 (the low of 2020) are targets to look out for.


    XNG/USD (Daily Chart)

    XNG/USD (Daily Chart)


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