The EIA reported that U.S. working stocks of natural gas totaled 3.93 trillion cubic feet, about 244 billion cubic feet higher than the five-year average of 3.69 trillion cubic feet. Working gas in storage totaled 3.82 trillion cubic feet for the same period a year ago.
U.S. natural gas inventories are about 3% higher than they were a year ago and about 6.6% higher than the five-year average.
Natural gas futures prices are about 86% higher than they were at their low point of $1.90 per thousand cubic feet in April of this year. Working gas in storage remains above the high end of the five-year average.
Here’s how stocks of the largest U.S. natural gas producers are reacting to today’s report:
Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), the country’s largest producer of natural gas, is down about 0.2%, at $88.05 in a 52-week range of $73.90 to $93.67.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) is up about 2%, at $217.59 in a 52-week range of $13.32 to $26.85.
EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE: EOG) is down about 0.5%, at $119.37 in a 52-week range of $82.48 to $124.49. The 52-week high was posted Tuesday after the company released its third-quarter results.
The U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEMKT: UNG) is up about 0.4%, at $21.09 in a 52-week range of $14.25 to $33.96. The Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (NYSEMKT: OIH) is down about 1.5%, at $37.63 in a 52-week range of $32.54 to $45.14. The first fund tracks spot prices; the second includes major drillers and services companies.
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