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Optimistic Outlook: US Energy Demand Rises

Optimistic Outlook: US Energy Demand Rises

24 May 2023

Bullish Outlook for U.S. Energy Demand as Crude Stockpiles Decline and Fuel Consumption Surpasses Expectations.


The American Petroleum Institute (API) released a report indicating a greater-than-expected decline in U.S. crude stockpiles and surpassing fuel demand predictions. This development has fueled optimism among oil bulls who anticipate increased energy consumption in preparation for summer travel by road, air, and sea.

The decline in Crude Stockpiles:

 During the week ending May 19, the API reported a substantial decrease of 6.799 million barrels in the U.S. crude inventory balance. This decline contrasts with the previous week’s report, which indicated a build of 3.69 million barrels until May 12.

Cushing, Oklahoma Delivery Point: Despite the overall decline in crude stockpiles, the API noted a build of 1.711 million barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for U.S. crude. This figure follows the previous week’s report of a build of 2.87 million barrels until May 5.

Fuel Inventory Dynamics: The API report also highlighted significant changes in fuel inventories, with a draw of 6.398 million barrels in gasoline inventory and a drop of 1.771 million barrels in distillate stocks. Comparatively, the previous week’s data reflected a 2.46 million-barrel decline in gasoline stocks and a 0.886 million-barrel slide in distillates.

Official Inventory Data:

 The API data serves as a precursor to the official inventory data expected from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday.

 Crude Stockpile Expectations: Analysts tracked by Investing.com anticipate the EIA to report a drop of 0.920 million barrels in crude stockpiles for the week in review. This prediction contrasts with the 5.04 million-barrel increase reported for the week ending May 5.

 Gasoline Inventory Outlook: Market consensus suggests a draw of 0.695 million barrels in gasoline inventories, reflecting a decline from the previous week’s 1.381 million-barrel decrease. Gasoline, as the primary fuel product in the United States, holds particular significance.

 Distillate Stockpile Forecasts: Analysts expect a build of 0.057 million barrels in distillate stockpiles, a slight increase from the prior week’s build of 0.080 million barrels. Distillates serve as inputs for heating oil, diesel for various transportation sectors, and fuel for aircraft.


 The recent API report highlighting a larger-than-expected decline in U.S. crude stockpiles and surpassing fuel demand expectations has bolstered optimism in the energy sector. Oil bulls are confident that the upcoming summer travel season, encompassing road trips, air travel, and seaborne journeys, will generate a significant uptick in energy consumption. The eagerly anticipated official inventory data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration will provide further insights into the current state of the energy market.