Check our natural gas price chart to keep up-to-date on the commodity’s live price, as well as longer-term price trends. Stay on top of the latest events affecting the value of natural gas with our news and analysis, which can also help when forecasting natural gas prices.
Natural gas, just like coal and crude oil, is a fossil fuel that has formed over millions of years from the remains of decayed plants and animals, compressed deep beneath the earth's surface.
First harnessed as an energy source in 18th-century Britain, natural gas truly began to come into its own in the 20th century, when the construction of pipelines opened up many new markets. Today, natural gas is primarily used for heating and cooling. It also powers manufacturing and is a key ingredient in industrial products, including fertilizers and pharmaceuticals.
The top 10 natural gas producers possess almost 80% of the world’s reserves of this fossil fuel. These regions – along with their average annual outputs (measured in billions of cubic meters) – are:
Source: The World Factbook, CIA (2018)
Supply and demand are the main forces that drive natural gas prices, with even minor variations in either one substantially affecting its value. Factors that impact supply and demand, and therefore the price, of this commodity include:
Several factors make natural gas appealing for traders, including:
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As tensions between the UK and Iran continue to unfold, oil prices are edging higher as the conflict escalates. And natural gas prices increased 2.5% over the weekend.
by Peter Hanks