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AUTOS
February 11, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Hedge funds, commodity pools and other high-roller investors have thrown close to $12.5 billion into a collective bet that gasoline prices will rise, and some analysts say it's one reason why gasoline prices are at a record for this date in California and nationally. The details were contained in the Commodity Futures Trading Commission report released Friday, showing that betting on higher gasoline prices was closing in on the highest level ever of $13 billion, set last March. Quiz: Why are California gas prices so high?
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AUTOS
February 8, 2014 | Ronald D. White
The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline hit $3.648 over the last week in Los Angeles and Long Beach, up 3.6 cents from a week earlier. In Orange County, the average had climbed the same amount, to $3.642 a gallon. But experts say it could be a lot worse. Recent increases are driven in part by annual refinery maintenance and California's early switch to a more expensive summer blend of gasoline. PHOTOS: The 10 cars with lowest sticker price per mpg That's part of the reason gas prices have jumped, sometimes sharply, each spring for more than a decade, said Jeff Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
Flying J Inc. has agreed to sell its 66,000-barrel-a-day Bakersfield refinery to Paramount Petroleum Corp., a division of Alon USA Energy Inc., if that firm is the successful bidder in an upcoming bankruptcy auction. Flying J, based in Ogden, Utah, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December 2008 after oil prices tumbled from record-high levels and credit markets dried up. Since then, the refinery operated by subsidiary Big West of California has struggled to keep operating and to maintain a regular supply of crude for processing.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The summer of 2012's widespread refinery and petroleum pipeline problems, as one analyst put it, will mean that many Americans will face record high gasoline prices during the long Labor Day holiday weekend. In California, analysts have blamed the recent Chevron Corp. refinery fire as the main reason the state will see a second straight year of the highest average prices ever for the traditional three-day ending of the summer driving season. But the national average for the price of gasoline this weekend will shatter a record set in the summer of 2008, the year that the U.S. saw its highest overall prices ever, even after adjusting for inflation.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Last month turned out to be the most expensive January ever at U.S. gasoline pumps, boosted by growing economic strength. January is typically a month of falling gasoline prices because fuel demand falters in the slower travel weeks that follow the year-end holidays. Not so this year. In January, retail gasoline prices averaged $3.37 a gallon, according to the Oil Price Information Service, a private fuel information service. That compared with the previous record average for the month of $3.095 a gallon, set last year.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Motorists are paying a little less for gasoline in most parts of the country despite the recent increase in oil prices. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell 1.6 cents to $3.031 while the national average declined by 0.9 of a cent to $2.628 a gallon, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations, released Monday. Prices rose only in the Rocky Mountain states, where the average increased half a penny to $2.616 a gallon. Some analysts were sticking to predictions of a slide in prices by sometime in September to $2.75 to $3 a gallon in California and an average of $2.50 to $2.75 a gallon nationally.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
Pump prices for gasoline in California edged slightly lower over the last week but were on the rise just about everywhere else in the nation, the Energy Department said Monday. The bump in retail prices also helped drive oil futures marginally higher, Wall Street analysts said. Gasoline prices had drifted as low as they could go in recent weeks, those analysts said, because some recent refinery outages had limited supply -- and demand is expected to go up. Experts were expecting a surge in demand as motorists returned to driving after harsh storms dropped large amounts of snow in parts of the Eastern U.S. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell 0.8 cents to $2.918, its lowest level since Dec. 21, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2010 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Oil prices fell from a two-year high Monday, but pump prices were on a course of their own, rising near year-end record highs. Oil was weighed down by China's second interest-rate hike since October. That raised fears that the manufacturing giant's economic growth will slow as the country tries to rein in inflation. China is the world's No. 2 oil consumer behind the U.S. Crude oil futures for February delivery dropped 51 cents, or 0.6%, to close at $91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The average retail cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in California dropped to its lowest level since February and the national average fell to its lowest point since January, the Energy Department said, as pump prices continued to adjust to lower oil prices. Some parts of the country may see a slight bump in prices over the Fourth of July holiday, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, a fuel price-tracking website. "One thing is for sure," DeHaan said about the national average.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
California's gasoline prices may have peaked after the refinery fire at Chevron Corp.'s Richmond facility, but they still rose enough over the last week to reach their highest level ever for the third week of August, the Energy Department said Monday. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California was $4.129, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of gas stations. That was up 3.3 cents from a week earlier — and 26.1 cents higher than on Aug. 6, just before the refinery fire knocked out parts of the state's third-biggest fuel-producing plant.
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