Ahead of the Bell: Oil supplies expected to rise

NEW YORK -- The Energy Department is expected to report on Wednesday that the nation's crude oil supplies grew by 1.7 million barrels in the week ended Oct. 19, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.

Analysts estimate that gasoline supplies shrank by 1 million barrels, distillate stocks _ which include diesel and heating fuel _ decreased by 1.5 million barrels and refinery utilization rose by 0.4 percentage point to 87.8 percent of capacity.

The Energy Information Administration releases its weekly report at 10:30 a.m. EDT.