Gravity and the JKM LNG price

The Japan Korea Marker (“JKM”) fell 25% last week of which 22% occurred on Friday alone.

It closed at $25.25.

I expect it to (and it’s trying to) retrace or mean revert that parabolic move seen through 2021.

$22.50 is now an important support level which represents a 62% retracement from the $6 trough seen in March 2021.

Ultimately, $15.20 would be a better place to rest once it has ‘blown-off’ that sharp rally.

In the weekly chart below, the rolling mean illustrated is a 200 week moving average.

That average currently reads $9.55, however I expect it to roll (sharply) higher in the coming months, in essence converging
to a point that may be close to the $15 level mentioned above.

So, what does this mean?

Sellers should have already been locking in their forward price over the past few months, while I also expect lower equity prices in LNG producers as JKM pulls back a little more.

So, patience is a virtue for buyers.
Wait for your price, Wait for your pitch.

n.b. The JKM price reflects the spot market value of cargoes delivered ex-ship into Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan.

January 17, 2022
by Rob Zdravevski

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