Natural gas accounts for a quarter of US energy consumption, and the NYMEX natural gas futures contract is used as a national benchmark. There are two contract denominations available for trade:
- NG trades in units of 10,000 million British thermal units (mmBtu). The minimum price fluctuation is $0.001 (0.1¢) per mmBtu ($10.00 per contract).
- QG (e-miNY) trades in units of 2,500 million British thermal units (mmBtu). The minimum price fluctuation is $0.005 (0.5¢) per mmBtu ($12.50 per contract).
Maximum Daily Price Fluctuation is $3.00 per mmBtu.
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Margin requirements are subject to change, and are required for open futures positions.
Both Natural Gas futures contracts are available for trade on the CME Globex electronic trading platform and clears through the New York Mercantile Exchange. Open outcry trading is conducted from 7:00 AM PT until 11:30 AM PT. Electronic trading is conducted from 3:00PM PT through 2:15PM PT the next day, with only a 45-minute break in trading each day.
Trading example: If you purchase 1 contract of NG at $10.000, and the next day it moves to $10.250, you have a profit of $2,500. Inversely, if the price were to move down to $9.750, you would have a loss of $2,500. For less risk/volatility you can trade the e-miNY contract which is ¼ the size.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - To make sense of the information provided and learn how to trade futures please read through our futures education.