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December 5, 2006 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Pump prices jumped a nickel nationwide over the last week, the Energy Department said Monday, as driver demand slightly outpaced 2005 levels and supplies slipped. But prices in California held steady for the second straight week. A gallon of self-serve regular gasoline rose just 0.3 cent to $2.496 a gallon in California, while the U.S. average increased 5.1 cents to $2.297 a gallon, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations around the nation.
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BUSINESS
May 5, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Pump prices in California and around much of the nation continued their ever-so-slow crawl higher over the past week, the Energy Department said Monday. But analysts said gasoline costs might be kicked into a higher gear by a resurgent oil market. The average cost of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in California rose 1.5 cents to $2.355, according to the government's weekly survey of filling stations. Nationally, the average increased 2.9 cents to $2.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Crude oil on Monday reached its highest closing price since January on concern that oil producers might agree to hold back more production when they meet in Vienna this weekend. But the cost of a gas tank fill-up still provided a measure of relief in the midst of otherwise gloomy economic news. The average U.S. price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline climbed to $1.941, up 0.7 of a cent from the previous Monday, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The average price of a gallon of gasoline rose just 1.2 cents over the last week in California but fell 0.5 cents nationwide, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of service stations. Even with the small rise in prices in the state and the decline nationally, experts warned that it might not be a sign that prices have peaked. Oil and gasoline prices surged amid popular uprisings that toppled governments in Tunisia and Egypt and sparked protests in Yemen, Bahrain and other countries.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2009 | Ronald D. White
The gap between what California motorists and the rest of the nation pay for retail gasoline widened again over the last week as pump prices rose throughout the state. Analysts said that the price jump was probably the result of low production and tight supplies. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in California climbed 5.4 cents to $3.153, the Energy Department said Monday. That set a high for the year for the second straight week and marked the fifth straight week that the state's prices have topped $3 a gallon.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2011 | By Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
The price of silver jumped again, coming close to taking down a 31-year-old record high. Gold also rallied, setting its second record high in as many trading sessions, as the bull market in precious metals rolled on. Silver futures for April delivery traded as high as $49.10 an ounce in New York on Monday before falling back to close at $47.15, up $1.09, or 2.4%. The more actively traded May silver contract rose as high as $49.82 before retreating. The metal's all-time high, before adjusting for inflation, was around $50 an ounce in 1980, when the Hunt brothers briefly cornered the silver market.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
U.S. oil prices fell as low as low as $81.21 a barrel Monday -- the weakest level since Oct. 6, 2011 -- as evidence of a slowdown in the Chinese economy last month added to fears of a sputtering  global recovery. Crude oil prices later recovered to $83.08 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, but were still down 15 cents so far from their previous closing price. In London, oil prices on the ICE Futures Europe Exchange were down $1.07 cents to $97.37 a barrel. The biggest reason for another down day so far, analysts said, was China's non-manufacturing purchasing managers index, which fell last month and suggested another slowdown in economic activity, said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst for Price Futures Group Inc. in Chicago.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The new normal for gasoline prices continues to plague American consumers. Over the last week, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. stabilized, down 1.4 cents to $3.462 a gallon after jumping nearly 6 cents a gallon the previous week, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of service stations. But that's 22.6% higher than the old record for this week of the year, which was an average of $2.823 a gallon set in 2007. For the same week in 2010, the U.S. average was $2.817.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2007 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
The average pump price for diesel fuel in the U.S. soared to an all-time high -- even when adjusted for inflation -- of $3.303 a gallon over the last week, the Energy Department said Monday. The price jumped 14.6 cents a gallon as booming Asian economies put a squeeze on world supplies. In California, the price is more than 20 cents a gallon above the U.S. average. Average gasoline prices in the U.S. also continued to increase, though not to record levels, by more than 14 cents a gallon to $3.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Some respite. After a day or so in which prices dropped by a negligible amount,  the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is again on the rise, up 0.9 cents overnight and up 3.4 cents since last week to $3.801. In California, the price rise appeared to be leveling off, but few analysts seemed willing to place a bet on that. Overnight, California's average for a gallon of regular rose 0.1 cent to $4.359. Other states were also feeling the pain, with Illinois last week joining Hawaii, California and Alaska as the only states averaging more than $4 a gallon.
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