Stay bullish on natural gas says BCA Research, a Montreal-based institutional investment advisory. Their reasons include:
– gas prices have lagged crude oil prices – rig count still low in Canada due to cost inflation and strong C$ – U.S. production faces high depletion rates and less accessible gas fields – Asia and Europe bidding up prices of liquefied natural gas (LNG) – North American LNG facilities unlikely to come on stream before 2011 – natural gas substitutes (e.g. coal) hitting new price highs – speculators remain net short natural gas in contrast to crude oil
So lets stick with the gas stocks and exchange-trade funds (ETFs) mentioned in previous posts. The Claymore Natural Gas Commodity ETFis up about 30% since the Feb. 15/08 post Got GAS. The United States Natural Gas ETFis up a bit more over the same period. Encana shares have gained nearly 50% since the Aug. 20/07 post, Playing the natural gas cycle. But it looks like there is even more price appreciation coming, according to BCA Research.