Monday, April 09, 2012

Update: Gasoline Prices

by Bill McBride on 4/09/2012 04:31:00 PM

High gasoline and oil prices are a downside risk for the economy. So far - as Professor Hamilton noted in the previous post - prices haven't been too "disruptive". With Memorial Day still a month and a half away (May 28th), and it seems a little early to call the peak in gasoline prices for the spring ...

From Ronald White at the LA Times: Gasoline prices may have finally peaked for now

[T]he uncertainty over whether prices have peaked comes from the fact that 15 of the 23 states with the most expensive gasoline are still higher than they were at this time last week. Still, there was some guarded optimism among analysts.

"Gasoline prices in the hardest-hit areas have finally shown signs of relief with prices falling now in Chicago as they have for a few weeks in California," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for "We may see an earlier peak than we have in prior years."
From the Chicago Sun-Times: Gasoline prices in Chicago area fall double digits from record highs
In the Chicago area, the average price of unleaded regular gas Monday was $4.34 a gallon, down 17 cents from the record high of $4.506 reached March 27 and down 11 cents from April 2, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.

In the city of Chicago, the average price was down 8 cents from a week earlier at $4.57 a gallon and down 11 cents from the record high of $4.678, also reached on March 27.
Note: The graph shows oil prices for WTI; gasoline prices in most of the U.S. are impacted more by Brent prices.

Orange County Historical Gas Price Charts Provided by