Natural gas volatility
On November 16, 2017, the implied volatility of natural gas was 44%—6.4% above its 15-day average.
For example, on March 3, 2016, the implied volatility of natural gas spiked to 53.8%, while natural gas prices hit a 17-year low. Between March 3, 2016, and November 16, 2017, natural gas prices rose 86.3%, while the implied volatility of natural gas fell 18.2%.
In the next seven days, natural gas active futures could settle between $2.87 and $3.24 per MMBtu (million British thermal units). The probability of prices settling in this range is 68%. For this model, prices are assumed to be normally distributed, and an implied volatility of 44% is being used.
On November 16, 2017, natural gas active futures settled at $3.053 per MMBtu. Any further fall from this closing price could thus make natural gas prices fall below the $3 mark. Notably, the recent momentum has been negative, despite bullish inventory data.
Such a fall could negatively impact ETFs such as the United States Natural Gas Fund LP (UNG), the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas (BOIL), and the First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas ETF (FCG). These ETFs have direct exposure to natural gas futures.
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