The EIA reported that U.S. working stocks of natural gas totaled 2.23 trillion cubic feet, about 308 billion cubic feet higher than the five-year average of 1.92 trillion cubic feet. Working gas in storage totaled 2.54 trillion cubic feet for the same period a year ago.
Natural gas prices have been getting a boost from nuclear power plant outages of around 16,000 megawatts this past week. Natural gas-fired plants typically respond to outages in nuclear power generation. Weather forecasts for the next 10 days call for continuing colder temperatures in the Midwest.
Here is 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 0.4%, at $89.21 in a 52-week range of $77.13 to $93.67.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) is down 0.2%, at $20.10 in a 52-week range of $13.32 to $26.09.
EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE: EOG) is down 0.5%, at $127.54 in a 52-week range of $82.48 to $138.20.
The U.S. Natural Gas Fund (NYSEMKT: UNG) is up 1.4%m at $19.09 in a 52-week range of $14.25 to $23.38. The Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (NYSEMKT: OIH) is up 0.1%, at $42.98 in a 52-week range of $32.54 to $45.12. The first fund tracks spot prices; the second includes major drillers and services companies.