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Data: EIA; Chart: Axios Visuals

U.S. demand for gasoline rose again last week, per Energy Information Administration data that provides the latest sign of fuel consumption recovering a bit.

Why it matters: EIA's weekly data is preliminary and can be noisy, but it was the latest of several weeks of increases, and it's consistent with other signs of driving starting to pick back up.

  • The chart above shows product supplied, which is a proxy for consumption.

The big picture: Crude oil prices have also climbed out of their April depths as producers cut back supply and demand starts recovering somewhat from the unprecedented pandemic-fueled collapse.

But, but, but: Oil prices remain far below profitable levels for huge swaths of the industry amid the gigantic supply glut that's straining global storage infrastructure.

  • "The overwhelming glut is threatening one of the world’s vital industries and could prolong the economic fallout from the coronavirus," The Wall Street Journal notes in an in-depth look at the crisis this morning.

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Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
Aug 12, 2020 - Economy & Business

U.S. producer prices rose last month by the most since October 2018

Data: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

U.S. producer prices rose by the most since October 2018 last month, following a 0.2% decline in June.

Details: U.S. PPI for final demand, a measurement of prices paid by businesses, increased 0.6% last month, driven by a surge in portfolio management fees and the rising cost of gasoline.

27 mins ago - Health

Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

Photo: Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post via Getty

National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

51 mins ago - World

European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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