April heating oil prices began on a strong foot after industry data Tuesday afternoon matched expectations for a decline in US distillate inventories. Some traders noted that the data also showed a jump in implied demand for distillates, which could have also contributed to the early morning strength. Expectations for this morning's EIA distillate report are for a decline in the range of 1.25 to 1.5 million barrels, as heat-related demand remained intact throughout the report window.