The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an injection of 90 Bcf into natural gas storage inventories for the week ending Sept. 22, snapping an 11-week stretch of surplus-shrinking builds.

November Nymex futures, up about 6.0 cents at around $2.960/MMBtu early in Thursday’s trading session, retreated slightly as the EIA print crossed trading desks. By 11 a.m. ET, the November Nymex contract was trading at $2.943, 4.4 cents higher than Wednesday’s settlement.

In a bit of a change from recent weeks, the spotlight this week was on the East region. The EIA said stocks there rose by 28 Bcf to 821 Bcf, which is 14.5% higher year/year and 5.5% above the five-year average.

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