Natural gas producers step up hedging

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As natural gas prices recover from 10-year lows, the amount of hedging activity undertaken by North American producers has increased, according to market participants and company filings.

The front-month Henry Hub natural gas futures contract traded on CME Group’s New York Mercantile Exchange settled at $3.699 per million British thermal units (/MMBtu) on November 1. That represents a jump of more than 86% from April 11. Back then, the front-month contract settled at $1.984/MMBtu – its lowest le