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U.S. Natural Gas Abruptly Surges in Record Short Squeeze

  • Prices rocket 72% higher as weather forecasts shift colder
  • February contract was thinly traded ahead of expiration
Front-month futures contract briefly spiked as expiration neared
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U.S. natural gas futures suddenly spiked the most on record Thursday afternoon, a dramatic move that signaled bearish wagers being squeezed out of the market.

The eye-popping surge of as much as 72% came ahead of the expiration of the February contract, which was thinly traded, as weather forecasts turned colder. A spokesperson for CME Group confirmed the price jump, the most since the contract launched in 1990. The more-active March contract saw a gain of less than 10%.