NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) - U.S. natural gas futures lost ground on Wednesday after six straight days of gains, pressured by profit-taking ahead of Thursday's weekly inventory report despite cooler weather forecasts for next week that should stir more heating demand.
At 12:35 p.m. EDT (1635 GMT), front-month gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange slid 17.7 cents, or 5 percent, to an intraday low of $3.354 per million British thermal units.
The nearby contract, which had gained about 24 percent in the previous six sessions, on Tuesday posted a new 2012 high of $3.546.
(Reporting By Joe Silha; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)
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