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US crude inventories are up in the last week: EIA

Apr 28 (Reuters) – US crude and gasoline stocks have risen in the past week, while distillates have declined, the government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported on Wednesday.

* Crude inventories increased by 90,000 barrels in the week to April 23 to 493.1 million barrels. Analysts consulted by Reuters expected a rise of 659,000 barrels.

* Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma distribution center were up 722,000 barrels, the EIA added.

* Refining grew by 253,000 barrels per day. The utilization rate increased 0.4 percentage points for the week.

* Gasoline inventories grew by 92,000 barrels to 235.1 million barrels. Analysts consulted by Reuters expected a rise of 508,000 barrels.

* Inventories of distillates, which include heating oil and diesel, fell by 3.3 million barrels to 139.1 million barrels versus an expected drop of 648,000 barrels, the EIA report showed.

* In the last week, net crude imports into the United States increased by 1.2 million barrels per day.

(Reporting by David Gaffen. Edited in Spanish by Janisse Huambachano)

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