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...
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Venezuela Eyeing $10 Billion Sale of Citgo to Counter Economic Woes
Facing rampant inflation and a shortage of dollars, Venezuela's state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), is looking to sell its Citgo assets for $10 billion.
But the deal may be undervalued, and the PDVSA's financial problems may be the work of the Venezuelan government.Here's why...
These U.S. Natural Gas Stocks Are Critical to the EU's New "Master Plan"
The ongoing civil war in eastern Ukraine, along with the corresponding crisis between Kiev and Moscow, means that Russian gas supplies to the EU could be cut off again come September.
In 2009, the last time Russia said nyet to European natural gas deliveries, the continent barely survived one of the coldest winters in years. This time around, Europe's savior could be U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.And that's good news indeed for these natural gas stocks...
This Energy Play Has Warren Buffett Playing Catch-Up
It's absolute gospel in the world of investing to study and understand the moves that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway are making - and then to follow them for profit.
And with good reason: Buffett's track record speaks for itself - and he augments his capital-markets genius with the homespun, down-to-earth personality that's cemented his spot as a hero to the masses.
One of Buffett's newest forays has taken his Berkshire investment vehicle into the energy sector.
But he wasn't the first to get there. We were. And it's paying off in a big way...Read More...
How to Profit When Oil and Gas Stocks Hit the Bargain Rack
Over the past week, oil and gas stocks have been quite volatile. But that's not bad news - not by a long shot.
In fact, this is always the time when energy investors should be on the hunt for bargains.And there's one approach that works especially well in this situation...
Five Natural Gas Stocks Drinking Profits from the Utica Shale "Sweet Spot"
The Utica shale formation hasn't gotten as much attention as some of the others, but that may be about to change as drillers home in on a "sweet spot" in southeastern Ohio that is producing staggering amounts of natural gas.
Wells drilled in the Utica "sweet spot" were the main reason Ohio natural gas production more than doubled from 89.4 billion cubic feet in 2012 to 203 billion cubic feet in 2013.This stunning development will pay off handsomely for these five natural gas stocks in particular...
The Irresistible Future of Natural Gas Investing
Today, I'm flying back from Houston... again.
It seems I've been spending quite a bit of time in Texas these days - and for good reason. The rollout of our exciting 25-well oil and natural gas investing project is just one.
But another revolves around the tremendous changes in the industry itself, especially when it comes to natural gas.
In fact, I just presented the keynote address before the annual meeting of the Gas Compressor Association at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston.
It dealt with the inescapable and irresistible future of natural gas.Here's what I told those assembled about the new, "gas-driven" world...
These Five Natural Gas Stocks Will Rise on the Booming Marcellus
As much as the shale oil and gas boom is transforming the U.S. energy industry, production from one play in particular - the Marcellus in the eastern United States - is growing faster than expected.
And for five natural gas stocks that were early to the Marcellus party, that's going to spell bigger-than-expected profits.To continue reading, please click here...
- Natural Gas Stocks 2014: LNG Is "One of the Best Investments of the Decade" Powered by the shale gas boom, LNG exports will be one of best investment opportunities of the decade. Even the most conservative estimates project the U.S. as providing between 6% and 8% of all LNG exports worldwide by 2020. But first Washington has to get out of the way...
The Government Foil to Energy Independence (and Profit)
As the rush to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) gathers steam, the Energy Advantage portfolio is primed for even bigger gains.
Make no mistake, LNG exports are now set to hand us one of the best investment opportunities of the decade.
That's a stunning reversal from just seven years ago, when everyone agreed the United States would be using LNG imports to meet 15% of its gas needs by 2020.
However, the unconventional shale boom (shale, tight, and coal bed methane) has changed everything we used to think about natural gas.
Now, even the most conservative Russian estimates acknowledge that the U.S. could be providing between 6% and 8% of all LNG exports worldwide by 2020.
In fact, Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG) has already garnered no fewer than five huge, multi-billion dollar, 20-year contracts with some of the largest European and Asian importers.
But new developments have suddenly thrown up another hurdle that threatens to delay all of this economic promise.
Here's the countermove that's brewing in Washington, D.C…Full story...
Natural Gas Stocks 2014: A Bullish Sign from This LNG Export News
Natural Gas Stocks 2014: As Russia's clash with Ukraine and the West boils on, pressure is mounting for the federal government to loosen export regulations on U.S. liquefied natural gas.
Currently, the U.S. exports natural gas to only a handful of countries, such as Canada. No U.S. LNG is exported to Europe.
That's mainly because the key factor in gaining the U.S. Department of Energy's blessing to export is whether or not the importing country has a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States.To continue reading, please click here...
- The Real Way the West Can Impact Ukraine The weather is taking a decidedly better turn here in London these past few days. It's a good thing, because all of the talk currently in British circles is about the deteriorating situation in Ukraine. These concerns involve the all-too-obvious geopolitical impacts of a Russian takeover of Crimea and perhaps a broader swath of Eastern Ukraine. However, there is another matter that has a more immediate impact on Europe, especially if the temperatures start falling again. You see, despite the Russian-controlled natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea to northern Germany (Nord Stream) and across Belarus to Poland, most of the Russian natural gas coming to the continent still passes across Ukraine - about 80% in fact. And Europe is still reliant upon this energy flow despite attempts to diversify. That means the longer the crisis between Russia and Ukraine remains unresolved, the higher the tension level among Europeans will be. Here's what that means... Full Story Read More...
Ukraine Crisis Gives Additional Boost to U.S. LNG Stocks, Exports
LNG stocks have gotten a bump up as Russia's clash with Ukraine boils on. The conflict may open the door to rejuvenated liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Europe.
Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG) - an LNG stock we've been bullish on for quite some time - closed up 3.88% to $51.17 per share Tuesday. It's up 18.67% so far in 2014. Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) climbed 0.91% to $94.60, and 5.77% in 2014. Dominion Resources Inc. (NYSE: D) went up 1.02% to $69.29 per share, a 7.11% increase in 2014.To continue reading, please click here...
These Top LNG Shipping Stocks to Profit from the LNG Revolution
Worldwide demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) has doubled since 2000, and for investors looking to enter this burgeoning market, LNG shipping stocks are a great play.
Global demand for LNG has doubled in the past 14 years, and is expected to double again by 2025. China alone expects to triple its current use of natural gas by 2020.To continue reading, please click here...
These Top LNG Stocks Trounced the Markets in January 2014
The broader markets had a dismal month of January - the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 5.3% and the S&P 500 dipped 3.6% - but these liquefied natural gas (LNG) stocks all boasted strong returns.
The outlook for LNG stocks continues to look bright as well. Increased demand for natural gas in China, the increased supply of shale gas in the United States, and the high number of export facilities awaiting approval for construction in the United States are all bullish signs for LNG investors.
These five LNG stocks vastly outperformed the markets in January and have room to continue upward...To continue reading, please click here...