September natural gas traded higher during the initial morning hours as it tried to consolidate last week's decline. It is possible that some of this morning's support comes from technical factors as well as the closure of a key TransCanada pipeline after a leak was spotted in Wyoming. Meanwhile, cash markets finished lower across the board Friday and seemed to be pressured by the prospects of waning industrial demand. The 6 to 10 day weather maps have turned slightly above normal temperatures for most of the US, off the extremes seen last week. The Commitments of Traders Futures and Options report as of July 19th showed non-commercial traders were net short 157,832 contracts, a decrease of 7,624. Non-commercial and nonreportable traders combined held a net short position of 115,087 contracts, a decrease of 15,705 on the week.