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Gas prices were pushed higher by rising coal and oil markets in the morning but eased in the afternoon. Brent moved down towards the end of the session, weighing on the far-curve, while prices at the front of the curve were pressured down by an oversupplied system following a slight drop in CCGT demand.
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Increases across coal, carbon and oil markets helped to lift gas contracts yesterday afternoon, with Brent in particular rising by over $1/b due to supply issues. The Pound also weakened against the Euro, providing additional bullish pressure, while the supply/ demand picture was almost unchanged from last week.
Contracts at the front of the gas curve were stable-to-bullish on Friday with annual maintenance, low LNG send-outs and higher storage injections impacting supply in the UK. Meanwhile, far-curve gas prices displayed minor losses towards the end of the session as coal and oil markets weakened.
Gas prices initially opened lower but rallied higher as the session progressed to close at a premium. Carbon and coal prices supported contracts at the back of the curve, while the near-curve was dictated by high storage injections, a weak LNG outlook and a lack of wind generation which increased CCGT demand.