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The Bedford Report

November 15, 2010 08:44 ET

Has Natural Gas Finally Hit Its Bottom?

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on United States Natural Gas Fund and Southwestern Energy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 15, 2010) - The price of Natural Gas has been taking a beating for a while. The reason for the sudden drop in prices is simply supply and demand. Natural gas supplies have grown in recent years as new technologies have made it easier for producers to unlock previously unreachable reservoirs in onshore shale formations. Some natural gas producers have vowed to reduce natural gas drilling until the gas becomes more valuable, however the chances of supply being greatly reduced are minimal. According to report from the US Energy Information Association (EIA) US natural gas production in 2010 should show a 2.5% increase from 2009 levels. The statistical arm of the Department of Energy also increased its 2011 production forecast by 0.4 billion cubic feet a day, to 60.77 billion cubic feet a day. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in natural gas and provides research reports on United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSE Arca: UNG) and Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

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Longer term, there is slightly more optimism surrounding natural gas. Analysts argue that the natural gas oversupply in the United States could make the nation a major natural gas exporter in recent years. Demand for gas is soaring in Asia and other emerging markets as their economies expand. At the moment the United States has eight liquefied-natural-gas import facilities, but only one small LNG export facility, which is in Alaska.

More liquefied natural gas export facilities could be developed going forward. Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy is working on a deal to supply liquefied natural gas to one of China's largest independently owned natural gas companies. Chesapeake Energy's Chief Executive Aubrey McClendon told investors at a conference he has been in talks with Cheniere to supply gas to the proposed facility. While Cheniere would still need to build the liquefaction facility, the company's CEO believes that interest in the project from natural gas suppliers such as Chesapeake, as well as Chinese interest "confirms the global appetite for US natural gas."

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Southwestern Energy says it plans to cut its natural gas production. During its third quarter the company said it has reduced its rig count to 13 rigs due to the low price for Natural gas. During the third quarter of 2010, the company placed 145 wells onto production, and reported production of 1.54 million cubic feet per day of natural gas. Southwestern said its third-quarter earnings rose 36% to $160.7 million, or 46 cents a share, from $118.3 million, or 34 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose to $682.2 million, from $503 million.

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