The American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday U.S. crude inventories rose 4.4 million barrels on the week ended Dec. 5, according to reports. The trade group's report comes a day ahead of more closely watched data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Analysts expect the EIA report to show a decline in crude inventories around 3 million barrels. Crude futures gained Tuesday, a day after they hit fresh five-year lows.
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