Natural gas in storage rose 20 billion cubic feet in the July 28 week to 3,010 bcf. The eighteenth consecutive weekly build since the traditional end of the heating season was below the 44 bcf average build in the past 5 years for this period but in line with analysts' expectations. The increase puts natural gas stocks 8.5 percent below the level last year, when inventories were exceptionally large due to a mild winter that dampened heating season consumption. Gas stocks were 3.0 percent above the 5-year average, however, and in the upper half of the 5-year historical range. Natural gas futures fell about 2 cents to around $2.825 per MMBTu immediately following the release of the EIA report.