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Hedge Funds Raise Bearish Gas Bets for Warm New Year

Hedge funds are wagering that the price of gas will fall in an unusually warm new year. Hedge funds raised bets that the price will decline to the highest level since October on the hopes that the coming months will be warmer than usual and lower the use of gas for heating.
The funds and other large speculators cut net-long positions, or wagers on rising prices, by 35 percent in the seven days ended Dec. 21, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s weekly Commitments of Traders report. It was the largest drop since Oct. 12.

Natural gas has declined 24 percent this year as stockpiles reached record levels for the second straight November. Warmer- than-normal weather forecast for early next month may reduce the demand needed to erode surplus inventories.

“The first two weeks of January, you’re going to see the market turn around from December cold,” said Dave Melita, president and chief meteorologist of Melita Weather Associates in Durango, Colorado. “The snow cover will be melting fast. It will be 20 degrees above average on some days.” Source

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