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Gas Prices Falling as Summer Driving Season Ends

Look for slide to continue as demand drops.

by on Sep.15, 2016

Gas prices are falling as the summer driving season has ended and demand is dropping.

The price of gasoline at retail pumps around the nation has tumbled since Labor Day as the price of crude oil remains low across the globe and refineries begin switching over to winter blends, which are less expensive to produce, according to AAA.

At the same time, the surge in driving in recent months has cut into inventories, but stock remain high and crude oil producers continue to produce despite low prices, the Energy Information Agency reports.

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AAA reported that gas prices have fallen for 11 of the past 12 days, reaching today’s average of $2.18 per gallon. Drivers are saving two cents per gallon compared with one week ago, but are paying five cents per gallon more on the month.  (more…)

Gas Prices Ascending into Labor Day Weekend

Rising crude prices and Louisiana floods causing price jump.

by on Aug.31, 2016

With the Labor Day weekend looming, gas prices continue to rise.

Gasoline prices continue to move upwards heading into the Labor Day weekend.

After dropping for two months, including a streak of 53 out of 54 days, pump prices are increasing and the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has risen for 14 consecutive days, according AAA.

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The average price of $2.22 per gallon nationwide marks an increase of six cents per gallon compared to one week ago and eight cents per gallon compared to one month ago, AAA reported. Despite the increase, drivers are paying 27 cents less than they did at this same time last year and are on track to pay the lowest Labor Day gas prices since 2004. (more…)

Gas Prices Ticking Upward as Summer Ends

If demand drops after Labor Day, prices are expected to follow suit.

by on Aug.25, 2016

Gas prices rose for the first time in months in August; however, if demand drops after Labor Day, prices are likely to follow.

A rise in the price of crude oil has pushed up the price of gasoline at pumps across the United States for the first time in two months.

The increase follows a summer-long streak during which the national retail average price of gasoline dropped on 54 of 55 days. But prices at the pump have now increased steadily during the past three weeks, according to AAA.

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The national average price for regular unleaded is $2.16 per gallon, which is four cents more than one week ago, but is two cents less than a month ago and 46 cents less than the same date last year, and the lowest price for this date since 2004, AAA said. (more…)

Rising Summer Temperatures Means Rising Gas Prices

Despite the rise, prices significantly lower than last year.

by on Jun.02, 2016

With the summer driving season now in full swing, demand levels are rising as are prices.

With the Memorial Day in the rear-view mirror, the summer driving season has begun in earnest and demand for gasoline remains very strong, according to AAA.

AAA, however, also reported that motorists are paying the lowest gas prices for this time of year in more than a decade. Gas prices during the Memorial Day holiday were the cheapest since 2005 and down 42 cents per gallon versus last year’s holiday, according to AAA latest nationwide survey.

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The average price of $2.32 per gallon represents an increase of three cents per gallon on the week, and consumers are paying 11 cents more per gallon than they were a month ago, AAA said, while this year’s summer driving season is expected to be characterized by higher-than-normal gasoline demand. (more…)

Gas Prices Leveling Off as Refineries Ramp Up

Production back to normal output.

by on May.10, 2016

After climbing upward to a six-month high in early May, gasoline prices seem to have stabilized.

After reaching its highest point in six months in early May, the price of gasoline is showing signs of leveling off, ending the steep climb that raised the average price of gasoline as the spring driving season picked.

The price of gasoline at the pump declined slightly during the past week, according to the AAA. The group also said it is possible that prices have begun to stabilize as refineries increase production to meet record-high demand.

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The average price of $2.21 per gallon represents an increase of 17 cents per gallon on the month, and prices have moved higher for 23 of the past 31 days. (more…)

Don’t Blame Battery-Cars for Plunging Oil Prices

Rising fuel economy likely a much bigger factor, says Navigant.

by on Mar.29, 2016

There'll be more battery-cars on the road in the years ahead, but not enough to bring oil prices crashing down, says Navigant.

Oil prices have tumbled sharply over the last year, and a variety of factors have led to the slide, including a weakening Chinese economy, as well as a reduction in demand among American motorists.

But battery-cars have had an almost negligible impact, and likely won’t have much of an impact going forward, despite some claims they’ve brought the oil market crashing to its knees. Far more credit goes to the rapid improvement in overall automotive fuel economy, suggests a new study by Navigant Research.

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Such claims are “sensationalist,” says a report by the technology research firm, which adds that a much more substantial factor likely to hold down oil prices is “not a particularly sexy conversation topic.” But the reality is that fleet-wide fuel economy is expected to increase 22% over the next decade, says Navigant, reducing demand by millions of barrels of oil a day.

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Gas Prices Crawling Upward as Oil Prices Stabilize

Consumers paying six cents more at pump this week.

by on Mar.09, 2016

With oil prices stabilizing, consumers are finding they're paying more at the pump for gas.

With signs that the price of petroleum has begun to stabilize, the price of gasoline continues to climb across the U.S., according to AAA.

The national average price jumped six cents on the week, the largest one-week increase since the beginning of the year, and the average price of gasoline now stands at $1.81 per gallon.

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AAA reported the national average is likely to continue to move higher due to spring turnaround activity and reductions in supply in select regional markets. However, significant yearly discounts remain and pump prices are down 65 cents on the year, AAA said. (more…)

Gas Prices Remain Low Despite Storms

West Coast only area over $2 per gallon pricing.

by on Jan.27, 2016

Gas prices are below $2 a gallon across the country due to low crude prices with only the West Coast still above $2.

Even as intense winter storms system swept through the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, the price of gasoline continued to drop across the United States, according to new survey from AAA.

Average gas prices have spent 25 consecutive days below $2 per gallon and could head lower still as reduced seasonal demand and falling crude oil costs combine to send pump prices to the lowest mark in six years.

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Today’s average price of $1.83 per gallon is the cheapest price since January 2009, and retail averages have fallen for 69 of the past 80 days for a total savings of 40 cents per gallon over this span, AAA reported. (more…)

Gas Prices Fall as Labor Day Approaches

Prices expected to remain low as Saudi Arabia keeps production high.

by on Sep.03, 2015

Gas prices are expected to continue falling for some time as Saudi Arabia is unlikely to cut production.

With the Labor Day holiday looming, the price of oil continues to bounce around on global markets.

However, the price of gasoline continued to drop across the country and most drivers should find themselves paying the lowest Labor Day weekend gas prices since 2004. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has fallen for 14 consecutive days for a total of 20 cents per gallon, according to AAA.

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Market fundamentals remain bearish, even as oil prices staged a rally late last week that pushed prices a bit higher compared to early-week trading sessions where both Brent and WTI exceeded multi-year lows. (more…)

Special Blends Keeping Gas Prices High on West Coast

Oil drops toward $50 a barrel, but costs at pump don’t fall.

by on Jul.22, 2015

The national average for gas prices has remained steady due to West Coast refinery issues.

A growing controversy over specially blended gasoline used during the summer has helped put a floor under gasoline prices nationwide despite the continuing drop in the price of crude oil, which is now trading at prices approaching $50 per barrel.

The average price nationwide of $2.76 per gallon, according to AAA, is the lowest average for this date since 2010 and is down nearly a nickel per gallon compared to the 2015 peak price reached on June 15 if $2.80 per gallon. National pump prices have slowly pulled back from this peak with averages down by 1 cent per gallon versus one week ago and 4 cents per gallon versus one month ago.

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The relatively stable national average continues to disguise volatility in select markets, particularly in California where drivers are paying the highest averages since August 2014 after a jump of 16 cents per gallon, largely due to imbalances between gasoline supply and demand. (more…)