US crude oil stocks fall by 1.3 million barrels


Pipelines and oil storage tanks in Cushing, Okla.

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U.S. crude stocks fell unexpectedly last week as imports declined and refinery runs rose, while gasoline and distillate inventories also drew, industry group the American Petroleum Institute said Tuesday.

Crude inventories fell by 1.3 million barrels in the week to April 7 to 532.4 million, compared with analysts’ expectations for an increase of 87,000 barrels. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub rose by 358,000 barrels, API said.

Refinery crude runs rose by 57,000 barrels per day, API data showed.

Gasoline stocks fell by 3.7 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.7 million-barrel decline.

Distillate fuels stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, fell by 1.6 million barrels, compared with expectations for a 885,000-barrel drop, the API data showed.

U.S. crude imports fell last week by 15,000 barrels per day to 7.8 million bpd.

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