Refiner’s Demand for Crude Oil

July 24, 2020

Crude oil is the Oil Refiner’s raw material that is processed in gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, etc.  As the need for the refined products declines the amount of crude oil needed correspondingly declines.   By mid-May gasoline and diesel fuel demand had bottomed out and demand was increasing, so crude runs increased.  Now, however, with the rising Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, refined product demand is down.  Crude runs, at 14.3 million barrels per day, show the change from increasing runs to now decreasing runs.  Monitoring crude runs acts as an index of the state of the US economy.

The chart below can be constructed in the Fundamental Analytics platform under Fundamentals > DOE > Crude Oil > Refiner Inputs and Utilization > Crude Oil Inputs > Total US.

US Total Crude Runs (Year-over-Year)

Latest Data as of Friday, July 17, 2020   14.3 million barrels per day

US Total Crude Runs

Latest Data as of Friday, July 17, 2020   14.3 million barrels per day


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