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03/01/2009 |
Houston (Platts)--27Feb2009
http://www.platts.com/Natural%20Gas/News/7695427.xml?sub=Natural%20Gas&p=Natural%20Gas/News&?undefined&undefined
Midcontinent spot natural gas prices dropped to a national low of $1.80/MMBtu on the IntercontinentalExchange Friday on near 80-degree weather expected by Monday, depressing economic news and full pipelines.

The US Commerce Department reported Friday morning a 6.2% decrease in the Gross Domestic Product for the last quarter of 2008 -- the biggest decrease since 1982. With temperatures staying near summer levels, CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission East prices fell to a low of $2.10/MMBtu.

CenterPoint East had been trading at a premium to other Oklahoma locations, but over the last two days prices there have fallen, averaging in the mid-$2.20s/MMBtu for a loss of nearly 25 cents from Thursday.

CenterPoint South's premium of 20 cents to Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America's Texok zone came in to about 5 cents as CenterPoint South averaged in the mid-$3.20s/MMBtu, down about 10 cents, while Texok gained about 5 cents.

The Carthage Hub finally posted executed deals on ICE, averaging in the mid-$3.30s/MMBtu, up nearly 10 cents from Platts' midpoint Thursday. Only about 13,000 Mcf traded there by mid-session on ICE, while about 55,000 Mcf posted there in Gas Daily Thursday.

Natural's Midcontinent zone prices reached a high in the mid-$2.50s/MMBtu by mid-session to average nearly 20 cents below that high for a loss of nearly 20 cents, while Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line prices came in about 5 cents below Natural-Midcontinent.

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