July 21 (Reuters) – U.S. crude stocks rose while gasoline and distillate inventories fell last week, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.
Crude inventories (USOILC=ECI) rose by 2.1 million barrels in week to July 16 to 439.7 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a 4.5 million-barrel drop.
Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub (USOICC=ECI) fell by 1.3 million barrels in the last week, EIA said.
U.S. gasoline stocks (USOILG=ECI) fell by 121,000 barrels in the week to 236.4 million barrels, the EIA said, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1 million-barrel drop.
Distillate stockpiles (USOILD=ECI), which include diesel and heating oil, fell by 1.3 million barrels in the week to 141 million barrels, versus expectations for a 557,000-barrel rise, the EIA data showed.
Net U.S. crude imports (USOICI=ECI) rose by 2.4 million barrels per day, EIA said.
Reporting By David Gaffen
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