Natural Gas Up Over 25% Since February 1, Wells Fargo Forecasting $3.40/MMBtu

A recent research report by Wells Fargo Securities calls for tightening supply/demand fundamentals, providing further support to their natural gas price forecast of $3.40/MMBtu on average for the remainder of 2017, which is 9% above consensus estimates and highest on the Street.1

The report goes on to say that there is a lack of natural gas storage, noting that natural gas fundamentals were running approximately 2 Bcf/d below supply after adjusting for temperature variations versus historical averages. Recent natural gas storage data appears to support their point of view.

Oil prices also made a significant recovery last month, moving from approximately $48.00 to $53.00/BBl, a 10% increase.

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Crude Oil Outlook

While futures markets aren’t a crystal ball, their price levels and related options are useful for estimating future ranges or “confidence intervals” for crude oil and natural gas prices.

The graphic below shows the crude oil price on April 17, 2017, and predicted crude oil prices based on options on oil futures contracts (ticker /CL).  The blue lines are within one standard deviation (σ) of the settlement price (green line) and the red lines are within two standard deviations for each month (for a refresher on standard deviations, see the January 2016 blog).

Oil & Gas Price Outlook March 2017

Based on April 17, 2017 prices, the futures markets indicate that in mid-July 2017, there is about a 68% chance that oil prices will be between $47.00 and $61.00 per barrel. Likewise, there is about a 95% chance that prices will be between $38.50 and $69.00.  For a longer-term view, by mid-December 2017, the +/- 1σ price range is $43.50 to $67.00 per barrel, with an expected value of $54.71.

Natural Gas Outlook

We can do the same thing for natural gas futures, currently trading at $3.23 per MMBTU on the Henry Hub (ticker /NG).  Although more affected by seasonal factors than crude oil, in July 2017, the +/- 1σ price range is $2.85 to $4.05 per MMBtu, and the 2σ range (95%) is $2.35 to $5.05 per MMBTU.  The expected value of natural gas prices in mid-July 2017 is $3.42 per MMBTU.

1. Wells Fargo Equity Research, Exploration and Production, April 12, 2017

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