NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 05/25/11 -- As surging oil prices begin to dampen the strength of the global economic recovery, investors are hopeful that the natural gas sector will get a boost from a stronger push for alternative sources of energy. With clean energy still a top priority, Americans have begun heralding shale gas as a cheap and clean transitional fuel to renewable energy. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in natural gas and provides research reports on United States Natural Gas Fund (NYSE: UNG) and Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB). Access to the full company reports can be found at:
Natural Gas prices have posted a modest charge this month, supported by increased gas use from the power sector following outages at nuclear plants. A vast amount of nuclear power stations were shut down for maintenance last month, boosting the need for gas-fired electricity. Martin King, an analyst with FirstEnergy Capital, noted that the amount of natural gas added to US storage in April was likely to be the lowest in five years.
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Although higher prices are welcome news for producers, natural gas is expensive to drill and energy companies are required to sign leases that require that they keep producing.
Williams Companies reported a first-quarter net income of $321 million, after losing $193 million during the same period last year. The company said it was raising 2011 and 2012 earnings guidance by 11 percent. Recently, Williams announced a 60% increased quarterly dividend of 20 cents. The company intends to raise its quarterly dividend payment 10% to 15% again next year.
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