Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 25, 2014
In 2013, the total volume of natural gas traded in the United States declined. This decrease was evident in company submissions to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as in annual reports made by the exchanges, according to Characteristics of U.S. Natural Gas Transactions—Insights from FERC Form 552 Submissions as of May 16, 2014, published by Cornerstone Research. FERC submissions fell 3 percent while the number of natural gas contracts traded on IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (ICE) decreased 18 percent, and CME Group Inc.’s natural gas products volume declined approximately 13 percent from 2012. These decreases occurred during a time of increased natural gas production in the United States.
FERC receives and compiles the most comprehensive information on trading activity and pricing methods in the U.S. natural gas trading markets. By supplementing the data from FERC’s Form 552 with proprietary classifications of market participants, Cornerstone Research adds deeper insight into market activities and characteristics across the various types of participants.
Dr. Greg Leonard, Head of Cornerstone Research’s Energy and Commodities practice:
“In 2013, we saw a decline in the amount of natural gas traded in the United States measured both by the Form 552 volume and by the volume on exchanges.”
“Our research shows that in 2013 the trend has continued where a smaller and smaller portion of fixed-price natural gas transactions are setting prices for a larger proportion of index-price transactions.”
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