Natural gas in storage rose 106 billion cubic feet in the June 2 week to 2,631 bcf. The tenth consecutive weekly build since the traditional end of the heating season exceeded analysts' expectations of an increase in line with the 94-bcf 5-year average for the weekly period. The outsized increase put natural gas stocks 11.2 percent below the same period last year, when inventories were unusually large due to consumption-curbing mild weather. But inventories are high compared to longer-term historical levels, remaining in the upper half of the EIA's 5-year historical range and 9.9 percent above the 5-year average. The price of natural gas futures initially fell about 3 cents to around $2.93 per MMBTu following the release of the report, but quickly bounced back to trade higher at around $2.98.