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Reported storage build a downside miss against expectations, averages

The U.S.Energy Information Administration reported a net 34-Bcf injection into natural gasinventories in the Lower 48 during the week ended July 15 that was below marketexpectations and well below historical averages.

The injectionwas a downside miss against the market consensusahead of the report's release that called for a 37-Bcf build in stocks, and wasbelow the 70-Bcf injection reported for the same week in 2015 and below the five-yearaverage injection of 61 Bcf.

The buildbrought total U.S. working gas supply to 3,277 Bcf, or 471 Bcf above the year-agolevel and 559 Bcf above the five-year average storage level of 2,718 Bcf.

Justahead of the report's 10:30 a.m. ET release, the August natural gas futures contractwas trading modestly higher at $2.665/MMBtu, up 0.7 cent on the session. The downsidemiss against consensus expectations and significant miss compared with averagesaccelerated gains. The contract was last seen 4.3 cents higher at $2.701/MMBtu.

In theEast, inventories were up 19 Bcf on the week at 697 Bcf, or 12.1% above the year-agolevel. Storage levels in the Midwest were up 16 Bcf at 801 Bcf, or 27.3% above theyear-ago level. In the Mountain region, storage levels were up 2 Bcf on the weekto 210 Bcf, or 26.5% above the year-ago level, while in the Pacific region, storagelevels were down 1 Bcf at 318 Bcf, or 5.4% below the year-ago level. In the SouthCentral region, where storage levels were down a net 2 Bcf on the week, stocks areat a surplus of 18.8% to a year earlier.

Workinggas stocks in the South Central region totaled 1,251 Bcf, with 349 Bcf in salt cavernfacilities and with 901 Bcf in nonsalt cavern facilities. Working gas stocks weredown 6 Bcf in the salt cavern facilities and up 3 Bcf in nonsalt cavern facilitiessince the previous week.

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