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Sunday, June 09, 2013

Gasoline Prices down slightly Nationally, Higher in Midwest due to Refinery Issues

by Calculated Risk on 6/09/2013 03:33:00 PM

From Reuters: U.S. Midwest gasoline price spike expected to linger

Gasoline prices at the pump in several U.S. Midwestern states have spiked close to record highs this week and were expected to stay near those levels for several weeks due to unexpected outages at key regional refineries ... price spikes have moved east from Midwestern states such as North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska, where some cities experienced record high prices a few weeks ago, but the reason is the same -- refineries are undergoing maintenance work.
And from Reuters: Steady average gas price belies local ups and downs-survey
The average price for a gallon of gasoline slipped 1.81 cents to $3.6385 on June 7, according to the Lundberg Survey of about 2,500 gas stations across the country. ... 
Oil prices were up this week, with WTI up to $96.03 per barrel, and Brent at $104.56.

Using the calculator from Professor Hamilton, and the current price of Brent crude oil, the national average should be around $3.45 per gallon. That is almost 20 cents below the current level according to There are probably some seasonal factors not included in the calculator, but if crude oil prices stay at the current level, we should expect national gasoline prices to fall below $3.50 per gallon.

Note: If you click on "show crude oil prices", the graph displays oil prices for WTI, not Brent.

Orange County Historical Gas Price Charts Provided by