Data for the week ending Feb. 8 is expected to show a build of 2.5 million barrels in crude oil stocks, while gasoline stocks are seen remaining unchanged, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.
The American Petroleum Institute will release its report on oil stocks later Tuesday, while the report from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Wednesday.
In London, Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, was up 47 cents to $118.60 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.
In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:
— Wholesale gasoline rose 1.6 cents to $3.0372 a gallon.
— Natural gas added 2.6 cents to $3.305 per 1,000 cubic feet.
— Heating oil gained 0.71 cent to $3.2386 a gallon.
Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this report.