API Data Show 4.8 Mln-barrel Rise In U.S. Crude Supply

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The American Petroleum Institute late Tuesday reported an increase in crude supplies of 4.8 million barrels for the week ended March 20, according to sources. Analysts surveyed by Platts forecast a crude-supply climb of 4.6 million barrels. Sources said the API reported that gasoline stockpiles fell by 2.6 million barrels, while distillate inventories declined by 641,000 barrels. Following the data, May crude was at $47.66 a barrel in electronic trading, up from the $47.51 close on Nymex. The more closely watched Energy Information Administration report is due Wednesday.

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