Look for natural-gas prices to suffer as winter turns to spring

The winter season has generated strong demand for natural gas amid tight U.S. supplies. That would normally lead to higher prices. So why has the heating fuel had one of the biggest price declines among commodities this year?

“Winter has been erratic so far, but this winter has also cranked out some of the biggest demand events ever seen,” says Richard Hastings, macro strategist at Seaport Global Securities. “This might happen again, but the heating season has a time factor—and the clock is ticking.” The winter season officially ends in late March.

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