The American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies rose by 11.9 million barrels for the week ended April 3, according to sources. The API data also reportedly showed gasoline stockpiles up by almost 9.5 million barrels, while distillate inventories declined by 177,000 barrels. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. The EIA data are expected to show crude inventories rose by 8.4 million barrels last week, according to analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. They also forecast a supply rise of 5.4 million barrels for gasoline, while distillates stocks are seen down by 500,000 barrels. May West Texas Intermediate crude /zigman2/quotes/209724760/delayed CLK20 -8.67% was at $24.36 a barrel in electronic trading, up from its settlement at $23.63 Tuesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.