Natural Gas

Natural Gas futures contracts declined 2 dollars or 37.29 percent during the last 12 months. From 1990 until 2012 Natural Gas futures prices averaged 4.00 dollars reaching an historical high of 15.35 dollars in December of 2005 and a record low of 1.05 dollars in January of 1992. This page includes: Natural Gas historical data chart and news. Natural gas accounts for almost a quarter of United States energy consumption, and the NYMEX Division natural gas futures contract is widely used as a national benchmark price. The futures contract trades in units of 10,000 million British thermal units (mmBtu). The price is based on delivery at the Henry Hub in Louisiana, the nexus of 16 intra- and interstate natural gas pipeline systems that draw supplies from the region's prolific gas deposits. The pipelines serve markets throughout the U.S. East Coast, the Gulf Coast, the Midwest, and up to the Canadian border.

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Natural Gas

Commodity futures are standardized contracts for the purchase and sale of physical commodities for future delivery on a regulated commodity futures exchange. The commodity futures contract price is determined by the equilibrium between supply and demand among competing buy and sell orders on the exchange at the time of the purchase or sale of the contract. Unlike options, a futures contract gives the holder the obligation to make or take delivery under the terms of the contract. An option grants the buyer the right, but not the obligation, to establish a position previously held by the seller of the option.

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Japanese GDP Grows 1% in Q1
Published: 5/17/2012 11:20:34 AM By:, Cabinet Office
Japan's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 1.0 percent in January-March from the previous quarter after a revised 0.0 percent result for October-December last year. The recovery was mostly due to solid consumer spending, post-quake rebuilding and rising exports.

U.K. Unemployment Rate Down to 8.2 in March
Published: 5/16/2012 4:26:31 PM By:, ONS
The unemployment rate was 8.2 per cent of the economically active population for January-March 2012, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 2.63 million unemployed people, down 45,000 on the quarter.

Euro Area External Trade Surplus Widens in March
Published: 5/16/2012 2:52:37 PM By:, Eurostat
The first estimate for the euro area (EA17) trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in March 2012 gave a 8.6 bn euro surplus, compared with +1.0 bn in March 2011. The February 2012 balance was +2.3 bn, compared with -2.9 bn in February 2011. In March 2012 compared with February 2012, seasonally adjusted exports fell by 0.9% and imports by 1.1%.

Euro Area Annual Inflation Down to 2.6%
Published: 5/16/2012 2:50:32 PM By:, Eurostat
Euro Area annual inflation was 2.6% in April 2012, down from 2.7% in March. A year earlier the rate was 2.8%. Monthly inflation was 0.5% in April 2012.

U.S. Annual Inflation Down to 2.3% in April
Published: 5/15/2012 1:35:37 PM By:, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.3 percent before seasonal adjustment.

U.K. Trade Deficit Narrows in March
Published: 5/15/2012 12:47:10 PM By:, ONS
The UK’s deficit in Trade in Goods and Services narrowed to £2.7 billion in March, down £0.2 billion from £2.9 billion in February.

Canada's Unemployment Rate Up to 7.3% in April
Published: 5/11/2012 1:39:49 PM By:, Statistics Canada
Canada's employment increased by 58,000 in April, mostly in full-time work. This was the second consecutive month of notable gains after four months of little change. With more people searching for work, the unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 7.3%.

China's Inflation Rate Down to 3.4% in April
Published: 5/11/2012 11:31:49 AM By:, National Bureau of Statistics of China
In April, the consumer price index (CPI) went up by 3.4 percent year-on-year. The prices grew by 3.4 percent in cities and 3.3 percent in rural areas.

Canada's Trade Surplus Widens in March
Published: 5/10/2012 1:50:11 PM By:, Statistics Canada
Canada's merchandise exports edged down 0.4% and imports decreased 0.6%. As a result, Canada's trade surplus increased from $273 million in February to $351 million in March.

U.S. Trade Deficit Widens in March
Published: 5/10/2012 1:41:51 PM By:, U.S. Census Bureau
Total March exports of $186.8 billion and imports of $238.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $51.8 billion, up from $45.4 billion in February, revised. March exports were $5.3 billion more than February exports of $181.5 billion. March imports were $11.7 billion more than February imports of $226.9 billion.