Traders expect refineries will allow inventories to drop in anticipation of spring maintenance projects. The end of winter is a transition period as the demand focus switches from heating oil products to motor gasoline with spring driving ahead.
West Texas Intermediate crude oil for April deliver gained 99 cents to $92.73 per barrel. Gasoline added 0.22 cents to settle at $3.1578 a gallon.
Home heating oil lost 0.44 cents to reach $2.956 a gallon.
Natural gas lost 0.8 cents to hit $3.637 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline rose from Monday's $3.696 per gallon to $3.703, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said.
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