Apr 26 (Reuters) – US oil and gasoline inventories likely rose last week, while distillate inventories are expected to have declined for the third consecutive week, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday.
* Six analysts surveyed estimated, on average, that crude stocks rose about 400,000 barrels in the week through April 23.
* Crude inventories rose 594,000 barrels in the week of April 16 to 493 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll of a 3 million barrel drop. East Coast inventories, however, fell to a record low of 7.9 million barrels.
* The survey was conducted ahead of reports from the American Petroleum Institute (API), an industry group, due to be released at 2030 GMT Tuesday, and from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical arm of the Department. of Energy of the United States, to 1430 GMT of Wednesday.
* Analysts estimated gasoline inventories rose for the fourth week in a row, rising by roughly 400,000 barrels last week.
* Inventories of distillates, which include diesel and heating oil, fell about 200,000 barrels last week.
* The refinery utilization rate is expected to increase 0.6 percentage points last week, from 85% of total capacity for the week ending April 16, according to the survey.
(Report by Nakul Iyer in Bengaluru. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)