ACE Natural Gas - Feb 17, 2020

Below is an illustration trading futures options on Natural Gas.  Our post shows bullish and bearish positions using a combination of call and put options.

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Natural Gas * Directional & Neutral Positions

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Henry Hub on rise, US energy independence in focus
By Blu Putnam, Chief Economist & Erik Norland, Senior Economist,
CME Group Natural Gas:

The Bust Within the Boom
  • Surge in US exports since 2017 narrows price gaps with Europe, Asia
  • Henry Hub gaining traction as global benchmark for natural gas prices
  • Natural gas storage levels at five-year high as price slips to near four-year low
  • Rig counts plummeting due to dwindling capital expenditure

    Read Article

Term Structure

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Options fall into the category of being slightly overvalued in non-volatile markets in the weekly options report. 
Ask about the Weekly Option's Report for more information.

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Contract Size - 10,000 million British thermal units (mmBtu).

Tick Size:  U.S. Dollars and Cents per mmBTU

Trading Hours: Sunday - Friday 6:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Chicago Time/CT) with a 60-minute break each day beginning at 5:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. CT)

* Tip: Understanding what the numbers mean when looking at Natural Gas prices. The quotation you see is U.S. dollars and cents. Each contract you are buying or selling is 10,000MM btu (British Thermal Units).  A 1 tick move is $10 USD calculated as .001 x 10,000 mmBTU  Think of quotes as dollars per hundred pounds (or cents per pound).

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Natural Gas Charts

Below are March and April charts for reference since the front expires 26th Feb.


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Below is an iron condor relatively delta neutral with estimated margin per 1 LOT. The illustration beneath is a calendarized version using put options with a slight directional bias bullish. Each has positive time decay where the iron condor will benefit slightly from a decline in implied volatility while the latter is opposite. Last is a butterfly using put options. Each would be impacted by changes in the April NG futures.

The % yield shown in the diagrams below represent an estimated return on margin from projected dates shown below. The structure has positive time decay which is an advantage over holding outright options.

Iron Condor

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Calendarized Condor with Puts

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