As cold weather arrives, is natural gas poised to pop?
After last year's warm winter, here are 3 ways to take advantage of a chillier season.
As such, this winter will be especially crucial for natural gas, as prices are already low. Some analysts have even predicted prices will flop to virtually $0 in the coming months and years as the supply for this fossil fuel continues to grow. Thus far, this winter has been something of a bust. Though the season technically began in the end of December, the first few weeks of the month saw warmer-than-average temperatures, keeping pressure on UNG and NG-related products alike.
But the past few weeks have seen falling temperatures as well as snowstorms throughout the country, so it looks like we may be in store for a winter season that falls more in line with the average rather than last year's unusually warm stretch. Colder temperatures will mean more demand and use of NG-powered appliances in the home, typically for heating. This will decrease supplies and potentially raise prices for the battered commodity. Should this winter shape up to be a cold or even average season, NG stands to gain back some lost ground from the same period last year. Below, we outline three ways to take advantage of a colder season in the coming months.
- United States Natural Gas Fund: Though this fund has struggled to accurately track NG’s returns over the long term, it is easily one of the most liquid and effective trading tools on the market. This fund measure front-month natural gas contracts and is a perfect fit for any trader with the time to keep a watchful eye on this volatile but potentially rewarding fund.
- 3x Long Natural Gas ETN (UGAZ): This 300% leveraged fund is not for the faint of heart, as it is not uncommon to see UGAZ move by 5% or even 10% in a single session. This trading tool is designed for those who truly understand the risks involved, and it can provide some massive returns in an NG bull market, but this process works in both directions.
- ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund (FCG): FCG makes a play on the production side of things so it should be considered an indirect investment. The fund is comprised of 30 or so companies that derive a substantial portion of their revenues from the exploration and production of NG. If NG prices rise, you can bet this basket of producers will surely benefit.
Note: This story originally appeared on CommodityHQ.com.
More from Minyanville
MORE ON MSN MONEY
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Stocks sag as the Fed chairman says a stronger economy may let the central bank start to end its bond-buying program late this year. But Bernanke sees low rates lasting into 2015.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.
Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.
Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.