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    Natural Gas jumps 7% on major shale driller cutting output

    FXStreet
    Updated Feb 22, 2024 24:56
    Mitrade

    • Natural Gas up over 7% intraday in European trading. 


    • Traders are sending Gas higher as the supply side will soon see reduced flows. 


    • The US Dollar Index is back above 104 after its decline Tuesday and ahead of the Fed Minutes.



    Natural Gas (XNG/USD) is jumping back to $1.80 in a steep rally which is mainly headline driven. One of the major Shale drillers, Chesapeake, is planning to cut its Natural Gas production already in 2024. The recent crash in Gas prices makes its Gas mining operations nearly unprofitable, and forces the company to cut its output, which means the global supply side will become tighter.   


    The US Dollar (USD) is jumping higher this Wednesday after its small retreat on Tuesday. Traders had some catching up to do with the US Public Holiday on Monday, and sent the US Dollar Index (DXY) snapping below 104. Ahead of the US opening bell, the DXY is back above 104 ahead of the US Federal Reserve Minutes from its most recent rate decision meeting.


    Natural Gas is trading at $1.78 per MMBtu at the time of writing. 



    Natural Gas market movers: Surplus just got smaller


    ●The overall Gas supply just got smaller with Chesapeake reducing its output production for 2024. It is set to reduce nearly 20% of its total output for 2024 already.


    ●LNG is flowing above average with more than 17% inflow on top of the normal 30-day average. 


    ●The bullet point above shows that Europe is busy refilling and restocking its Gas stores with its eye on the next heating season. 


    ●Several benchmark futures are soaring with that active buying taking place in the Natural Gas futures markets.



    Natural Gas Technical Analysis: The catalyst markets were waiting for

    Natural Gas is finding some reasoning to jump higher, back to the $1.80 pivotal level. The move comes with finally the supply side seeing some disruption ahead for 2024 and which means a repricing (higher) is needed to factor this event in. It becomes very clear that should Gas prices want to move further up, any supply side disruption will be key to accomplish this.


    On the upside, Natural Gas is facing some pivotal technical levels to get back to. Once $1.80 is surpassed, the next stop is $1.99, – the level which, when broken, saw an accelerated decline. After that the blue line at $2.13 comes into view, 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 acts as a cap with a firm rejection earlier this Wednesday. Should the recent headlines start to fade, or more supply emerge in the markets from other firms or countries to fill the gap, $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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