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Where Do You Think Natural Gas Is Going?

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A government report released Wednesday has the market speculating on natural gas prices.

U.S. households that mainly use heating oil to warm their homes should pay 19 percent more for it this winter compared to a year earlier, as low distillate stocks and new fuel regulations drive up prices, the Energy Information Administration said Wednesday.

The roughly 6 percent of U.S. homes that rely on the fuel will pay an average of $407 more this winter, according to the government agency's Winter Fuels Outlook. About 80 percent of all U.S. homes that use heating oil are in the Northeast.

The report said low inventories in the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast, as well as new low-sulfur diesel regulations for New York state, would tighten the market for distillates. Such fuels include heating oil and diesel.

Natural gas consumers, which account for about half of U.S. homes, should expect to pay 15 percent, or $89, more than last winter, due primarily to forecasts of higher consumption.

But we wanted to hear from you — where do you think natural gas is going?

Vote now! We'll reveal the results on the live "Futures Now" broadcast Thursday at 1 p.m. ET on CNBC.com.





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