Natural gas futures rose for a seventh straight day on Friday, as forecasts for colder-than-normal temperatures, boosted the prospects for near-term heating demand. Natural gas for January delivery gained 5.9 cents, or 1.5%, to $3.954 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange and posted their highest settlement since June 19. Prices gained 37.3 cents, or 10.4%, in November and finished their best month since last March. “The weather forecasts this morning were really supportive and it looks like that outlook will stick around for awhile,” said Kyle Cooper, director of research at IAF Advisors, a Houston energy consultancy. In a research note, MDA Weather Services, a Gaithersburg, Md., weather forecaster, […]