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Natural Gas Forward Curve

Last update: April 19, 2019, 4:12 EDT


Natural Gas Forward Curve chart shows the price (end of day closing price or the latest price at the time of an update) of 25 natural gas back-month contracts (NYMEX Henry Hub). The chart also shows the latest price of the front month contract.

A front month contract (also referred to as "the prompt month contract" or simply "the prompt") is a futures contract with an expiration date closest to the current date. It is often, but not always, the most actively traded futures contract. A back-month contract (also referred to as "far month contract") is a type of futures contract that expires in any month past the front month futures contract. The price of the first back month futures contract is often used along with the front month futures price to calculate the calendar spread. The forward curve is essentially a function graph that defines the prices at which a contract for future delivery can be concluded today. It is also often referred to as "the forward strip". When natural gas forward curve is upward-sloping, the market is in "contango". When natural gas forward curve is downward-sloping, the market is in "backwardation".

Update: every weekday + Sunday afternoon.

Source: CME Group

Contract Expiration Dates

Contract Expiration Date
May 2019 April 26
June 2019 May 29
July 2019 June 26
August 2019 July 29
September 2019 August 28
October 2019 September 26
November 2019 October 29
December 2019 November 26
January 2020 December 27
February 2020 January 29
March 2020 February 26
April 2020 March 27
May 2020 April 28
June 2020 May 27
July 2020 June 26
August 2020 July 29
September 2020 August 27
October 2020 September 28
November 2020 October 28
December 2020 November 25
January 2021 December 29
February 2021 January 27
March 2021 February 24
April 2021 March 29
May 2021 April 28

Update: every month

Source: CME Group

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