The American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies fell by 2.1 million barrels for the week ended March 15, according to sources. The API also reportedly showed that gasoline stockpiles were down 2.8 million barrels, while distillate inventories declined by 1.6 million barrels. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. The EIA data are expected to show crude supplies climbed by 1 million barrels last week, according to a survey of analysts conducted by S&P Global Platts. It also shows expectations for inventory declines of 2.1 million barrels each for gasoline and distillates. April West Texas Intermediate crude was at $58.93 a barrel in electronic trading, down a dime from the $59.03 settlement on the New York Mercantile Exchange.