From Myra P. Saefong: The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Thursday that domestic supplies of natural gas fell by 77 billion cubic feet for the week ended Dec. 7. Analysts polled by S&P Global Platts had forecast a decline of 79 billion cubic feet, on average. Total stocks now stand at 2.914 trillion cubic feet, down 722 billion cubic feet from a year ago, and 723 billion below the five-year average, the government said. January natural gas NGF19, +0.87% traded at $4.225 per million British thermal units, up 8.8 cents, or 2.1%, from Wednesday’s settlement. It was trading at $4.276 before the supply data.