Overseas markets are stepping up their consumption of natural gas, too. The United States actually lags the rest of the world. India, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and other emerging countries have taken a keen interest in natural gas and have some strong growth in the sector, according to Wall Street Transcript. Natural gas companies are in talks with major car companies overseas, as well, in an effort to switch engines to burn the more efficient type of gas. [Investing In the Future With Natural Gas ETFs.]
Should you own natural gas in your portfolio? In the near-term, natural gas may be poised for some struggles while the supply evens out with the demand. That said, some funds are doing better than others, so watch the trend lines for opportunities:
- United States Natural Gas (NYSEArca: UNG): UNG is the largest natural gas fund and is 0.3% above its 200-day moving average. Watch out for contango, though.
- United States 12-Month Natural Gas (NYSEArca: UNL): UNL is about 1.2% below its long-term trend line, so keep an eye on it if you’re interested. There may be opportunities here. UNL seeks to mitigate the negative effects of contango by investing along the futures curve.
- First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas (NYSEArca: FCG): FCG owns the stock of natural gas companies, so contango and backwardation won’t be an issue here. It’s also solidly 8.6% above the trend line.
If you’re feeling especially bearish or bullish, consider some leverage in the form of ETFs like Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 2x Shares (NYSEArca: FCGS) or the ProShares Ultra Oil & Gas (NYSEArca: DIG). You can find even more natural gas-related offerings in the ETF Analyzer.
For full disclosure, Tom Lydon’s clients own UNG.
Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.