Weekly Outlook on Natural Gas - 26 Sept 2022

Weekly Outlook on Natural Gas
Weekly Outlook on Natural Gas

Commodities
by Sachin Gupta Last Updated: 2022-09-23T17:25:31+05:30

Natural gas prices fell about 7% in the last four trading sessions from the prior week close of Rs. 630 to Rs. 583 traded in the last trading session after the U.S federal reserve delivered another rate hike to control inflation that could dent's economic activity and demand for oil & gas. The Fed raised a 75 basis point interest rate for the third time in a row and also signalled for a continued hike until inflation comes under control.  


According to the EIA report, U.S gasoline demand over the past four weeks fell to 8.5 million barrels per day, it’s lowest since February that data points out the continuing sluggishness in demand.


The Energy Minister Arifin Tasri stated that the Indonesia government is planning to launch second oil and gas bidding round later this year to boost the country output. He also added that the government would revise the oil & gas law and provide ease of doing business and contract certainty. 


Germany agreed to nationalize natural gas company Uniper SE, while the British government said it would cap wholesale electricity and gas costs for business. 


NYMEX natural gas prices crashed more than 8% during the week, trading near $7.13. Overall, in the last three weeks, prices corrected almost 18% from the high of $9.09. Technically, the price has slipped below the 38.2% Retracement Levels of its prior upward rally. The price has also moved below 21-weeks Simple Moving Averages that suggest bearishness in the counter. Hence, we are expecting a downward move in prices for the coming week. On the downside, it may find support at $6.80. Below that, corrections could be extended to $6.50 and $6.03 levels. However, on the upside, the resistance remains at $7.60 and $8.20 levels. 

 

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On the domestic front, the MCX natural gas prices breached significant support of Rs. 612, a 50% Retracement level of recent up rally and chasing towards 61.8% (Golden Ratio) to Rs.567. The price has been forming lower highs and lower lows since 28th August. On a weekly time frame, the price has shifted below the Middle Bollinger Band formation, which indicates a bearish move for the short term.

Moreover, in the earlier trades, when prices were trading at peaks around Rs. 790 and Rs. 800 marks, the RSI was continuously showing negative divergence on the chart, which was an indication of a correction. Hence, the down trend may continue further until we test 567 levels, which could be an important support for the counter. If prices sustain below it, the fall may continue to Rs. 530 levels. The traders are advised to watch out for 567 levels as immediate support. However, on the upside, the resistance may come around 612 and 656 levels.    

                                                               

Important Key Levels:

 

MCX Natural Gas (Rs.)

NYMEX Natural Gas ($)

Support 1

567

6.80

Support 2

530

6.50

Resistance 1

612

7.60

Resistance 2

656

8.20

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About the Author

Mr. Sachin Gupta is a Senior Research Analyst at 5paisa, based in Mumbai. He has over 10 years of experience in Equity, Commodity research and strategies. 

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