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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gasoline Prices down 8 cents over last 2 weeks

by Calculated Risk on 10/21/2012 06:24:00 PM

From Reuters: Average U.S. retail gas prices drop 8 cents in two weeks: survey

Gasoline prices averaged $3.7529 per gallon on October 19, down from $3.8375 on October 5, Trilby Lundberg, editor of the Lundberg Survey, said.
Lundberg said further declines in retail gas prices are expected if the cost of crude oil does not rise substantially. She added that in California, gasoline prices could have a "dramatic crash" after refinery problems caused a spike two weeks ago.
Those of us in California are still waiting for the "dramatic crash"! We are still paying well over $4 per gallon because of the recent refinery issues (I filled up Friday and paid $4.50 per gallon, but it looks like prices have fallen further over the last 2 days).

Using the calculator from Professor Hamilton, and the current price of Brent crude oil, the national average should be around $3.60 per gallon. That is about 8 cents below the current level according to, and I expect prices to fall further. Note: Brent crude spot prices is at $110.76 per barrel (WTI is down to $90.05)

Gasoline prices have been on a roller coaster all year. Add a California city to the graph - like Los Angeles or San Francisco - and you will see the recent spike.

Note: If you click on "show crude oil prices", the graph displays oil prices for WTI, not Brent; gasoline prices in most of the U.S. are impacted more by Brent prices.

Orange County Historical Gas Price Charts Provided by

Summary for Week Ending Oct 19th
Schedule for Week of Oct 21st