FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Crude inventories have increased in the US by 200,000 barrels in the week of march 14th, instead of the 1.9 mln barrels expected by market analysts, according to figures released by the US Energy Information Administration.

Distillate stocks fell by 2.9 mln barrels, while gasoline stocks declined by 3.5 million barrels. Refineries operated at 83.8% of their capacity, down from the 85% registered in the previous week.