Updated from 7 a.m. ET to include two additional natural gas plays.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The natural gas stocks are hard to love these days but there are still angles to be played.
Long-term investors point to optimism about the importance of U.S. natural gas supply in a global context in the years ahead, while short-term natural gas pricing weakness is also a way to identify contrarian bets.
The important thing is that an investor doesn't have to know whether natural gas pricing sinks below its January low before going higher again, or if production cuts made by some of the biggest drillers, such as Chesapeake Energy (CHK), have a positive impact on pricing.Here are five ways to build a natural gas portfolio that don't require a bet on a short-term pricing rebound ...