First off, weather is predicted to have cold coming in, and prices are suppressed. The current weather forecast is showing some of the coldest days we’ve seen this winter. Why aren’t prices responding by rising. Maybe by Monday they will. Remember, this market has been slow to react to anything, especially anything bullish.
I have to say I’m sill nervous about the coronavirus and the effects it having and going to have on the global LNG market. The focus, of course, is still on China. I just saw an article about European prices falling “Nobody Can See Bottom for Europe’s Plunging Natural Gas Market” at Bloomberg. This is not directly related to the coronavirus, but it all fits together if it’s all occurring at the same time.
Though I’m nervous, I am not panicked. I’ll continue to hold my 75% of funds in UNG, but I will not be adding until I have some sense that LNG exports are not going to slow. All the talk of how “Chinese buyers of LNG have to take gas or pay” doesn’t mean much. These contracts of “take-or-pay” is not on the entire amount that is being delivered. Say 80% is take or pay. That means 20% of exports could stop. Also, if they choose to pay and not take the gas, that still shuts down exports or at least leaves them looking to redirect somewhere else. All of this comes down to the fact that LNG exports will slow by some amount, and NG pricing will not respond to that well.
I may be getting the cart before this horse with this coronavirus/LNG idea, but I am still holding long. If by some chance I am dead wrong, prices go, and my account will go up more slowly than I was expecting (I was expecting to buy UGAZ and keep that in play more). If I am right, prices will fall further; probably not all at once. A fall in pricing can creep up on a traders and before they know it, they are down 20%+.
The day there is a cure/vaccine announced for coronavirus, on the market, and proven to drastically slow/stop the spread, I’ll be ready to drop all this. I did read Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (INO) had developed a vaccine in about 3 hours, but I guess it takes like 3 months or more to get it to market.
Aside from all that, US production is still, slowly weakening. Any disruptions caused in LNG should cause prices to fall further. At that point there will be more bargains to be had. I would simply rather wait to see if those bargains do show up.
For now I’m holding my current position in UNG at 75% of my funds, I most likely will not make any moves today. Good Luck