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The Bedford Report

December 15, 2010 11:25 ET

New Trends Emerging in Natural Gas

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Chesapeake Energy & Petrohawk Energy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 15, 2010) - 2010 will mark a year that most natural gas investors would like to forget. A poor supply and demand outlook has sent stocks throughout the sector into a tailspin and left many investors wondering when prices will ever rebound. In the last few months, reports have surfaced implying that the industry appears to be taking steps to avoid catastrophe, though the outlook is highly dependent on political action and (as always) the weather. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in natural gas and provides research reports on Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and Petrohawk Energy Corporation (NYSE: HK). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

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 the Energy Department, around 52 percent of American households use natural gas for heating. While weather forecasts still call for a cooler-than-usual winter, a recent government report showed there was an adequate supply of natural gas to meet cold weather needs, while the US Energy Information Association (EIA) said that natural gas in storages declined by 89 billion cubic feet.

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The spike in production and weak North American demand has paved the way for a new trend in natural gas. With economies in Asia and other emerging markets expanding, global gas demand is increasing and US and Canadian natural gas producers could seek to become natural gas exporters in the future. For example 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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