Gasoline

U.S. crude oil exports continue to rise

The United States exported 246,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in March 2014 (the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau), the highest level of exports in 15 years (Figure 1). Exports have increased sharply since the start of 2013 and have exceeded 200,000 bbl/d in four of the last five months. FULL STORY »

Gasoline prices mixed, diesel fuel prices decrease

The U.S. average price for regular gasoline decreased by less than a penny last week to remain at $3.67 per gallon as of May 19, 2014, down nearly one cent from this time last year. The East Coast led the decline with a decrease of two cents to $3.66 per gallon. FULL STORY »

Gas and diesel prices decrease

n its May Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that the spot price of North Sea Brent crude oil will fall through the remainder of 2014, declining from current levels of $108 per barrel (bbl) to average $103/bbl during the fourth quarter. FULL STORY »

Gasoline prices expected to fall by Summer's end

During the April-through-September summer driving season this year, regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $3.61/gallon (gal), 3 cents higher than last year and 4 cents higher than projected in last month's STEO. FULL STORY »

U.S. average gas price up by 3 cents

The U.S. average retail gasoline price increased three cents this week to $3.71 per gallon as of April 28, 2014, 19 cents more than the same time last year. FULL STORY »

Weather to blame for rise in gas prices

On April 21, the U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.68 per gallon (gal), an increase of 39 cents/gal since the 2014 low in early February. This recent retail price increase is mostly the result of an increase in crack spreads (the difference between the price of wholesale gasoline and the price of crude oil) attributable to typical seasonal factors such as refinery maintenance and higher travel-related demand as the driving season begins. In 2014, the average crack spread during the first four months of the year has been close to the five-year average. However, the 2014 seasonal increase has been modestly steeper than normal, which partially stems from lower-than-normal crack spreads in January and February. In its April 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that retail gasoline prices will continue to rise into May and then begin to ease as refinery runs peak, adding supply to the market. FULL STORY »

This Week in Petroleum: Activities spending on the rise

Annual reports by oil and natural gas companies show that spending on exploration and development activities increased by 5% ($18 billion) in 2013, while spending on property acquisition continued to decline by $17 billion. Total upstream spending was relatively flat after a period of strong growth (averaging 11% per year) from 2000 to 2012. FULL STORY »

Energy Outlook: Gasoline prices down, Oil flat

During the April-through-September summer driving season this year, regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $3.57/gallon (gal). The projected monthly national average regular retail gasoline price falls from $3.66/gal in May to $3.46/gal in September. FULL STORY »

Gasoline prices expected to average over $3.50

Retail prices are expected to gradually decline after May to an average of $3.46/gal in September. The largest driver of the expected decline is falling gasoline crack spreads, which are expected to decline to an average of 29 cents/gal in September. The expected decrease in crack spreads results from a projected increase in crude oil throughput at refineries, which add supplies to the market, along with easing seasonal demand increases as the summer progresses. North Sea Brent crude oil prices are projected to fall from a March average of $107 per barrel (bbl) to a May average of $105/bbl and a September average of $103/bbl. The May-to-September crude oil price drop contributes almost 5 cents/gal to the projected decline in gasoline prices. FULL STORY »

Rapid rise in ethanol prices reflects logistical problems

Ethanol spot prices have increased steadily since early February. By late March, New York Harbor (NYH) spot ethanol prices exceeded prices for RBOB (the petroleum component of gasoline) by more than $1 per gallon (Figure 1). Ethanol spot prices in Chicago and Gulf Coast markets also rose above NYH RBOB prices. FULL STORY »

This week in petroleum: Spring break rush on Gulf Coast

Gasoline consumption in Florida typically peaks in March, when seasonal population is high and spring break travelers and baseball fans arrive for some time in the sun. Through the rest of the spring and into the summer, gasoline consumption typically declines as tourism slows and seasonal residents head north to escape the heat. This consumption pattern differs from that of in other states, where gasoline consumption typically peaks in July and August and is lowest during the winter months. FULL STORY »

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