The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Friday that domestic supplies of natural gas fell by 161 billion cubic feet for the week ended Dec. 20. Analysts had expected a drop of 150 to 153 bcf, according to market experts. Total stocks now stand at 3.250 trillion cubic feet, up 518 bcf from a year ago. The five-year average stands at 3,319 bcf, down 69 bcf, according to the government report. January natural gas
traded at $2.208 per million British thermal units, down 8 cents, or 3.7%. Prices were at $2.194 per million Btus before the data.