Natural gas futures traded above $2.60/MMBtu in the third week of December, holding higher than a near 2-month low of $2.40/MMBtu reported earlier in the month. Despite the weather models being far from bullish, the projected variability in the outlook for the balance of December had supported the gas market. Meantime, recent projections from the Energy Information Administration showed the downtrend in natural gas production from seven major US producing regions that has persisted for much of 2020 will extend into 2021. Natural gas is down more than 20% since hitting a 22-month high of $3.354/MMBtu on October 30th, as temperatures across most of the US have been above average since November.

Historically, Natural gas reached an all time high of 15.78 in December of 2005. Natural gas - data, forecasts, historical chart - was last updated on December of 2020.

Natural gas is expected to trade at 2.56 USD/MMBtu by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate it to trade at 2.15 in 12 months time.

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Natural gas
Natural gas accounts for almost a quarter of United States energy consumption. 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 Natural gas market prices displayed in Trading Economics are based on over-the-counter (OTC) and contract for difference (CFD) financial instruments. Our Natural gas market prices are intended to provide you with a reference only, rather than as a basis for making trading decisions. Trading Economics does not verify any data and disclaims any obligation to do so.
Energy Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Crude Oil
USD/Bbl
49.0700 0.71 1.47% 5.37% 17.56% -19.81% Dec/18
Brent
USD/Bbl
52.2800 0.78 1.51% 4.62% 18.28% -21.26% Dec/18
Natural gas
USD/MMBtu
2.7090 0.07 2.77% 4.55% 4.51% 26.10% Dec/18
Gasoline
USD/Gal
1.3962 0.01 0.58% 6.77% 20.10% -18.67% Dec/18
Heating oil
USD/Gal
1.5087 0.01 0.90% 5.00% 18.73% -25.54% Dec/18
Ethanol
USD/Gal
1.3200 0.00 0.00% 0.00% -5.04% -5.52% Dec/18
Naphtha
USD/T
435.64 2.42 0.56% 2.53% 19.07% -18.74% Dec/18
Propane
USD/Gal
0.64 0.01 2.22% 9.05% 18.23% 45.29% Dec/18
Uranium
USD/Lbs
30.1000 0.00 0.00% 1.18% 3.97% 21.13% Dec/18

Metals Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Gold
USD/t.oz
1,881.04 4.83 -0.26% 2.28% 0.73% 23.08% Dec/18
Silver
USD/t.oz
25.770 0.28 -1.07% 7.77% 6.98% 43.01% Dec/18
Platinum
USD/t.oz
1,036.20 8.02 -0.77% 2.71% 8.92% 7.60% Dec/18

Agricultural Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Soybeans
USd/Bu
1,217.7500 18.75 1.56% 5.09% 3.66% 27.24% Dec/18
Wheat
USd/Bu
607.0000 1.75 -0.29% -0.21% 2.58% 8.13% Dec/18
Cheese
USD/Lbs
1.6270 0.00 -0.12% -1.21% -32.99% -9.81% Dec/18
Palm Oil
MYR/T
2,639.00 13.00 0.50% 0.73% -8.05% -4.59% Dec/18
Milk
USD/CWT
15.64 0.01 0.06% -0.95% -32.35% -8.32% Dec/18
Coffee
USd/Lbs
123.70 1.35 -1.08% 4.12% 2.53% -2.68% Dec/18
Wool
AUD/100Kg
1,171.00 0.00 0.00% -2.25% 1.04% -24.84% Dec/18
Lumber
USD/1000 board feet
850.30 10.20 1.21% 6.96% 37.83% 109.07% Dec/18
Cotton
USd/Lbs
77.04 0.15 -0.19% 4.00% 11.14% 11.22% Dec/18
Canola
CAD/T
624.00 8.80 1.43% 5.12% 9.03% 32.34% Dec/18
Rice
USD/cwt
12.5550 0.03 -0.24% 0.68% 0.92% -2.94% Dec/18
Tea
USD/Kgs
2.95 0.00 0.00% 1.72% 8.86% 18.00% Dec/18
Rubber
JPY/Kg
274.00 4.00 1.48% 17.60% 11.79% 55.51% Dec/18
Oat
USd/Bu
337.7500 1.00 0.30% -2.03% 13.62% 13.34% Dec/18
Sugar
USd/Lbs
14.43 0.25 -1.70% 0.00% -5.56% 9.90% Dec/18
Cocoa
USD/T
2,506.00 35.00 -1.38% -8.77% -14.03% -1.03% Dec/18
Orange Juice
USd/Lbs
117.80 2.15 1.86% 1.51% -7.90% 24.20% Dec/18
Corn
USd/BU
437.0000 4.75 1.10% 3.01% 3.43% 12.85% Dec/18

Livestock Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Beef
BRL/Kg
17.11 0.08 -0.47% -0.81% -10.14% 18.98% Dec/18
Poultry
BRL/Kgs
5.71 0.00 0.00% -4.67% -12.42% 6.73% Dec/18
Feeder Cattle
USd/Lbs
140.4500 0.53 -0.37% 0.52% 2.69% -2.90% Dec/18
Lean Hogs
USd/Lbs
65.8000 0.38 0.57% 1.74% 3.30% -8.04% Dec/18
Live Cattle
USd/Lbs
110.4000 1.05 0.96% 1.52% 1.99% -12.08% Dec/18

Industrial Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Copper
USD/Lbs
3.6285 0.03 0.79% 2.86% 12.79% 28.80% Dec/18
Lithium
CNY/T
39,000.00 0.00 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% -21.21% Dec/18
Steel
CNY/T
4,263.00 33.00 0.78% 3.45% 4.13% 13.92% Dec/17
Bitumen
CNY/T
2,562.00 26.00 -1.00% 5.09% 13.66% -16.66% Dec/18
Coal
USD/T
83.25 0.50 0.60% 2.59% 29.57% 19.47% Dec/18
Palladium
USD/t.oz
2,360.76 20.34 0.87% 1.82% 1.53% 21.72% Dec/18
Cobalt
USD/T
32,200.00 0.00 0.00% 0.63% -0.60% -1.68% Dec/18
Lead
USD/T
2,031.25 10.75 -0.53% -1.20% 3.49% 6.15% Dec/18
Aluminum
USD/T
2,057.00 10.00 -0.48% 1.28% 3.48% 13.99% Dec/18
Tin
USD/T
20,060.00 162.50 0.82% 2.75% 7.10% 16.70% Dec/18
Zinc
USD/T
2,860.50 9.00 0.32% 2.67% 3.86% 23.83% Dec/18
Nickel
USD/T
17,428.00 32.00 -0.18% 1.14% 10.35% 24.93% Dec/18
Molybdenum
USD/Kg
23.50 0.00 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 6.58% Dec/18
Iron Ore
USD/T
161.50 6.00 3.86% 3.19% 27.17% 75.54% Dec/18
Soda Ash
CNY/T
1,400.00 0.00 0.00% -4.50% -22.94% -10.64% Dec/18
Neodymium
CNY/T
595,000.00 0.00 0.00% -2.46% 18.41% 64.36% Dec/18
Iron Ore 62% fe
USD/T
152.4900 1.12 0.74% 0.31% 24.14% 64.71% Dec/18
Rhodium
USD/t oz.
16,500.00 0.00 0.00% 1.23% 6.80% 172.73% Dec/18
Manganese
CNY/T
28.00 0.00 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% -11.11% Dec/18

Index Price Day Weekly Monthly YTD Date
Baltic Dry
Index Points
1,325.00 24.00 1.84% 9.41% 16.84% 35.76% Dec/18
CRB Index
Index Points
176.86 1.02 0.58% 3.23% 7.37% -10.06% Dec/18
LME Index
Index Points
3,502.30 0.00 0.00% 1.73% 8.38% 23.18% Dec/18
S&P GSCI
Index Points
1,969.94 16.93 0.87% 3.63% 9.99% -24.00% Dec/18