March natural gas prices traded higher during the initial morning hours, supported by gains within the crude oil complex and unrest in Libya. Some traders indicated that last week's report from Baker Hughes, which showed a further decline in the natural gas drilling rig count, may have been viewed as supportive. The Commitments of Traders Futures and Options report as of February 15th showed non-commercial traders were net short 210,769 contracts, an increase of 19,912. Non-commercial and nonreportable traders combined held a net short position of 170,754 contracts, for an increase of 22,364 during the report week. The larger spec short positioning may help to explain the recent increase in open interest.