The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Thursday reported a 64 Bcf injection into domestic natural gas storage for the week ended Sept. 15, a tighter-than-normal figure that aligned with market expectations.

However, with supportive cooling demand fading into the shoulder season and heftier injections expected in the coming weeks, Nymex natural gas futures pulled back following the report.

Prior to the EIA print hitting trading desks at 10:30 a.m. ET, the October Nymex contract was hovering in the $2.725-2.750/MMBtu range, roughly in line with the previous day’s settle. Once the report landed, the market’s immediate response sent prices several cents lower, down to around $2.690.

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