Crude supplies rose by 1.7 million barrels for the week ended August 12, the American Petroleum Institute trade group reported late Tuesday. Gasoline inventories dropped by 5.4 million barrels. Distillate inventories fell 1.3 million barrels.
The API's figures come ahead of Wednesday's more closely-watched Energy Information Administration report. Analysts polled by Platts expect a decrease of 500,000 barrels for crude supplies, a fall of 2.3 million barrels for gasoline and an increase of 700,000 barrels for distillates.
September crude oil futures are down $0.68 or 0.8% at $87.22 a barrel in after-hours trading. Crude closed regular trading below $87 a barrel.
United States Oil Fund ( USO ) is up 0.3% at 33.92.
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