The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced Thursday that U.S. Natural-Gas Supplies in Storage rose by 41 billion cubic feet for the week ending July 14. According to S&P Global Commodity Insights, analysts had expected a storage rise of 48 billion cubic foot on average. The government reported that the total working gas in storage was 2.971 trillion cubic feet for the week, an increase of 575 billion cubic feet from a previous year and 360 billion above the average five-year period. On Thursday,, August Natural Gas NGQ23 +5.65% sold at $2.738, a rise of 13.5 cents or 5.2% on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices were $2.73 before the data on supply.