US gasoline demand
According to the EIA’s (U.S. Energy Information Administration) estimates, monthly US gasoline demand fell by 193,000 bpd (barrels per day) to 9.5 MMbpd (million barrels per day) in July 2017—compared to the previous month. US gasoline demand fell 2% month-over-month and by 5,000 bpd or 0.1% YoY (year-over-year).
Moves in gasoline prices impact US refining companies (CRAK) like Holly Frontier (HFC), PBF Energy (PBF), and Valero (VLO). Likewise, volatility in crude oil prices impacts oil producers (XLE) (PXI) like Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) and PDC Energy (PDCE).
Weekly US gasoline demand
US gasoline consumption estimates
US gasoline consumption will average 9.33 MMbpd in 2017 and 9.37 MMbpd in 2018, according to the EIA. Consumption averaged a record 9.33 MMbpd in 2016.
US gasoline consumption is expected hit an annual record in 2018. Record gasoline demand will have a positive impact on gasoline prices. High gasoline prices are also bullish for crude oil (UWT) (DWT) prices.
In the next part of this series, we’ll discuss how geopolitical tensions impact crude oil prices.