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October 30, 2012
Analysts said that it would be days, if not a week or two, before Hurricane Sandy's impact on fuel prices in the Eastern U.S. can be assessed. Today, the average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline was up by only the smallest amounts overnight in some states, while others actually saw price declines. In New York, for example, the average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline was up just 0.3 cents overnight, to $3.931. That was still 7.9 cents a gallon below the week-ago price.
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BUSINESS
November 17, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Pump prices edged lower nationally and in California over the last week, the Energy Department said Monday, and analysts were predicting the trend would hold in the near term despite a strong day for oil futures. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline fell another 2 cents in California to $2.961, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations. Analysts said the state's numbers should continue to fall because the wholesale trading price for the unfinished fuel that is blended into the state's gasoline was running at $2.01 a gallon.
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?
BUSINESS
June 8, 2010 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Retail gasoline prices dropped nationally over the last week and crude prices fell on Monday because of concerns that the European debt crisis is spreading and will dampen demand for energy products. A strong U.S. dollar also weakened investor interest in putting money in oil, analysts said. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. fell three tenths of a cent to $2.725, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations. In California, an average gallon of regular gasoline rose 4.4 cents to $3.068, the Energy Department said.
AUTOS
February 4, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Consumers bludgeoned by record high average gasoline prices in each of the past two years are demanding deals, discounts and loyalty program perks when they buy gasoline. That's according to a new study by the NPD Group, which says that gasoline retailers need to respond if they want to keep their business. “Clearly fuel discounts are a game-changer in today's market,” says David Portalatin, NPD motor fuels industry analyst. Portalatin added, “Whether or not fuel marketers implement a discount program, it is imperative that they create value for the consumer in some aspect of the purchase occasion - whether price, quality, rewards, or some other attribute of the purchase experience.” This represents a significant change in consumer thinking about gasoline prices, according to experts.
AUTOS
April 18, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
California's strict low-carbon fuel standard could help reduce gasoline prices in the state, the opposite of what many have predicted, by encouraging the use of a relatively cheap and relatively clean U.S. crude oil, some experts now say. The standard will require fuel producers -- like refineries -- to lower the carbon intensity of the products they sell here by 10% by 2010 in less than seven years. To comply, California refineries might also have to stop using some of the crude oil they use now. That includes some oil that comes from California that is considered too dirty, from a carbon intensity standpoint.
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
April 12, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Gasoline and diesel buyers got no relief Monday despite a drop in oil costs. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery declined $2.87 to close at $109.92 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Traders were reacting to lowered forecasts for U.S. economic growth and a potential cease fire in Libya. Pump prices continued the climb that began in September. The U.S. average for a gallon of regular gasoline jumped 10.7 cents in the week ended Monday to $3.791, or 93.3 cents higher than a year earlier, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of service stations.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The storm-related shutdown of an important New Jersey refinery and cutbacks on production runs at other refineries along the Delaware River may kick up East Coast gasoline prices at the pump later this week, but analysts were predicting that any price jump would probably be short-lived. Phillips 66 said that it has closed its 240,000-barrel-a-day Bayway refinery in Linden, N.J., because of the possibility of storm surges from Hurrican Sandy. Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service in New Jersey, said that buyers were reacting to that news by scrambling for supplies.
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