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Two Japanese companies have invested in a natural gas-fired power plant being developed by a subsidiary of the investment firm Ares Management LP in southeast Pennsylvania.

Physical natural gas prices for Wednesday delivery as well as futures moved little in Tuesday's trading. Strength in New England and Appalachia proved barely adequate to give spot prices a positive luster and offset broad but minimal changes in Midwest market zones, as well as the Midcontinent, Rockies and California.

May natural gas is set to open 4 cents higher Wednesday morning at $3.19 as traders discount not only mild weather patterns but also expected plump storage figures. Overnight oil markets weakened.