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Natural Gas Prices Will Head Higher on These Critical Factors

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Natural gas prices, like any commodity, are affected by supply and demand - but weather plays a main role in this energy's cost.

In order to forecast where natural gas prices will be trading in coming months, it's important to look at what's expected for this winter and how much temperatures will differ from region to region.

Here's what we know about how weather will move natural gas prices into 2015...

Natural Gas Stocks: Time to Pick the Next Winner in LNG Export Race

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There's a worldwide race heating up to supply the world with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and right now the U.S. lags far behind.

But that's about to change, with the U.S. expected to go from 0% of global LNG exports today to 9%-12% as early as 2020.

Investors should get ready because certain natural gas stocks will surge along with the exports.

So far, only Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG) is allowed to export LNG out of the U.S. to both free trade and non-free trade agreement (FTA) countries- it hopes to begin exporting in 2015.

And Cheniere's stock has been on a tear since earning that approval.

When the DOE announced the approval of LNG exports from Sabine Pass on May 20, 2011, Cheniere was trading at $7.69. The stock soared over 30% that day, finishing at $10.04, and today trades nearly 301% higher at $30.82.

Now, investors have another chance to profit from an LNG company.

Once again the catalyst will be approval from the DOE to export LNG to non-FTA countries.
And a non-FTA permit is the key with LNG exports.

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Natural Gas Prices Could Triple – And So Could Your Profits

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Natural gas prices are finally turning around, hitting multi-month highs - and piquing the interest of legendary investors who say the commodity has a lot higher to climb.

While most commodities are moving lower in price - some quite sharply - natural gas has soared in 2013.

The June natural gas futures contract on Monday settled at $4.392 per million BTU, putting it up 31% so far this year. This makes natural gas the top performer among the 24 commodities in the Standard & Poor's GSCI index.

Noted contrarian investor Jeremy Grantham of GMO Asset Management is among the natural gas bulls. He recently told a value investing conference in Toronto that investing in natural gas at today's low prices is a no-brainer.

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Why I'm So Bullish About Natural Gas

I just arrived in Texas yesterday for my latest round of oil meetings.

But my interest has moved in another direction.

Natural gas futures have closed at levels we haven't seen in quite some time, reaching $4.14 per 1,000 cubic feet on Thursday. As gas settles north of $4, that means the prospects for natural gas investors continue to improve.

In fact, there are a number of profitable ways to make money as prices continue to rise.

The Best Way to Invest in the Natural Gas Rebound

With natural gas prices inching up toward $4 per 1,000 cubic feet on the NYMEX futures market, let’s talk about how investors can make some money off this.
In fact, what’s happening now is just the beginning. My own estimate remains for an average price of about $4.35 come high summer, absent any unforeseen developments, with an increase to $4.85 to $5.15 by the end of 2014.
So, as the natural gas rebound continues, what opportunities should you target?
Here’s the winning strategy...

Five Reasons Why Natural Gas Prices Will Continue to Rise

Not long ago, the financial pundits were claiming that natural gas prices would remain around $3 per 1,000 cubic feet well into the foreseeable future.
But guess what? They couldn't have been more wrong.
Prices are creeping back up in a significant way. According to the EIA, last week Henry Hub prices increased from $3.57 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) to $3.72 per MMBtu. And today, all the conditions exist for much higher prices.
For investors that means there will be plenty of new opportunities developing now that just didn't exist six months ago.
Here's what you need to know.

Why This Chinese Company Is Investing in U.S. LNG

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A private energy company based in China is reportedly investing in the construction of a network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations in the United States.

According to a Reuters report, ENN Group Co. Ltd. is teaming with a small U.S.-based company, and the partnership plans to open 50 to 60 LNG fueling stations this year. LNG stations cost an average about $1 million each to build, industry experts say.

ENN has already built a number of natural gas fueling stations in China, which is much further along in use of LNG for heavy trucks than the United States.

LNG's been promoted by investors such as T. Boone Pickens and natural gas producers including Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) as a cheaper, cleaner fuel for long-haul trucks.

Now more natural gas companies are teaming up to provide LNG, which means more investment opportunities for energy investors.

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