May 2016

Trends and Resources

Industry Perspectives: Is 2016 the peak for the revival in US gasoline demand?

Over the past year, strong gasoline demand, particularly in the US, has been the saving grace for much of the downstream industry.

Over the past year, strong gasoline demand, particularly in the US, has been the saving grace for much of the downstream industry. The crash in oil prices has made prices for oil-derived fuels, like gasoline, significantly lower, which has spurred an upswing in consumer demand. While US refiners have generally seen lower year-on-year profits owing to the weaker pricing environment, the uptick in gasoline demand has kept margins relatively healthy. In fact, the high gasoline demand has even contributed to a small rally in upstream crude prices. However, questions remain as to whether this model is sustainable. Analyst sees recovery as temporary Linda Giesecke, director of research for the

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