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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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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.
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.
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.
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
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 5, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Motorists can expect gasoline prices to drift slightly lower over the rest of the summer, but most of the declines are over, analysts said, as the average for a gallon of regular in California reached $3.794 and stood at $3.579 nationally. The price averages are calculated by the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration, which uses a telephone survey of gas stations across the U.S. California's average price fell 4.5 cents a gallon in the last week, according to the weekly survey.
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.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Today, the U.S. average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is 28.5 cents a gallon higher than it was a year ago, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. In California today, prices are 34.1 cents a gallon higher than those of last year. But if the Martin Luther King Jr.holiday is any guide, the fuel bite today won't be any worse on American wallets than it was last year. What gives? The reason is that U.S. drivers will burn about 36 million fewer gallons of gasoline today than they did last year, when they were bought about 370 million gallons, according to the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS)
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.
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