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Retail Sentiment in Natural Gas

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Last update: February 22, 2018, 6:52 EST
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Retail Sentiment chart displays the ratio of bullish-to-bearish sentiments, as published by, a global financial portal. It is widely assumed that the majority of retail traders are usually wrong in their assessment about future price direction and tend to oppose the prevailing trend. Therefore, one possible way to make money in natural gas trading is to do the opposite of what retail traders are doing. In other words, one can use retail sentiment chart as a contrarian indicator. When most are long, expect price losses. When most are short, expect price gains. Surely, this is a very simplistic approach, but can still offer additional guidance at trading.

  • values above 1 indicate a net-bullish sentiment;
  • values below 1 indicate a net-bearish sentiment;
  • a change in ratio is just as important as the ratio itself; 
  • it has been observed that retail traders eventually get it right, but only at the very extremes - i.e., when long-to-short ratio is either close to 2.50 (for long positions) or near 0.30 for (short positions);
  • data is usually collected at around 11:00 GMT;
  • Natgas Futures Price - is the closest actual price at the time of data collection (not daily close).

Data is available from January 16, 2017

Updated every weekday by 9 AM Eastern time.

Source:, CME Group, Bluegold Research calculations

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