The American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude supplies rose by 7.5 million barrels for the week ended July 17, according to sources. The API data also reportedly showed gasoline stockpiles fell by 2 million barrels, while distillate inventories declined by nearly 1.4 million barrels. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Okla., storage hub, meanwhile, edged up by 716,000 barrels for the week, sources said. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. The EIA data are expected to show crude inventories declined by 1.9 million barrels last week, according to analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. They also forecast a supply decline of 2 million barrels for gasoline and an increase of 280,000 barrels for distillate inventories. September West Texas Intermediate crude was at $41.63 a barrel in electronic trading. It settled Tuesday at $41.92 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.