The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday that supplies of natural gas rose 106 billion cubic feet for the week ended Sept. 18. Analysts polled by Platts forecast a climb of between 94 billion cubic feet and 98 billion cubic feet. Total stocks now stand at 3.440 trillion cubic feet, up 466 billion cubic feet from a year ago and 148 billion cubic feet above the five-year average, the government said. October natural gas was at $2.541 per million British thermal units, down 2.8 cents, or 1.1%. Prices traded at $2.552 before the supply data.
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