UPDATE 1-U.S. oil stockpiles show smallest rise this year -EIA

April 15, 2015 4:16 PM

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NEW YORK, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. crude stocks rose less than expected last week as imports fell, while gasoline stocks decreased and distillate inventories rose, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday.

Crude inventories rose by 1.3 million barrels to 483.69 million last week, the smallest build reported since the week ending Jan. 2, compared with analysts' expectations for an increase of 4.1 million barrels. Crude stocks were at record levels for the 14th consecutive week.

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