Low prices have pushed producers to strip out costs, squeeze cash from each well

There havent been many moneymakers in the energy sector this year and two of the few are completely at odds: Those who bet gas prices would fall have been rewarded. So have shareholders of natural-gas producers.
Natural-gas prices ended Wednesday at $1.681 per million British thermal unitsup 13% from Junes 25-year low but 23% lower than this time a year ago.