Storing up the gains?

Natural gas prices are climbing again, and energy companies are reacting by putting in place new hedges, as Kevin Foster discovers

The situation is not yet like that in the early months of 2001, when natural gas prices spiked to $10 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) and caught many in the industry red-faced. But prices have been rising steadily in the US for several months, and many energy companies are taking out new hedges at higher price levels.

John Hopper, president of Houston-based storage operator Falcon Gas Storage says natural gas prices are moving in tandem with oil prices, which has not been the case

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