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Natural gas rose more than a dollar Wednesday, its biggest gain in 21 months, after a report showed inventories of the fuel fell more than expected.

Stores of the fuel dropped 49 billion cubic feet to 3.272 trillion, the U.S. Energy Department said in a weekly report. The draw from winter storage was double the biggest decline forecast by any of the 22 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.

Gas for December delivery rose $1.183, or 17 percent, to $7.976 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

-- Bloomberg News

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