West Virginia Gas Prices Increase Slightly; National Average Continues Upward Trend

West Virginia, Gas Prices
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The average price of gasoline across Northern West Virginia is about a penny more expensive this week at $2.399 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Motorists in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw gas prices moderately increase on the week.  With gas prices ranging from $2.20 to $2.64, the region is the only one to have states appearing on both the top 10 most and least expensive states in the country.  In the Mountain State, gasoline is about a penny more expensive at an average of $2.38 per gallon.

After two weeks of decreases, gasoline inventories built by a healthy 1 million barrels this week to 68.6 million, per Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.  However, refinery utilization continues to trend downward.  Much of this can be pinpointed to ongoing planned and unplanned maintenance throughout the region.  It’s likely that gasoline imports and lower demand (due to colder weather) have helped to keep price fluctuations moderate.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average:  $2.399
Average price during the week of February 25, 2019: $2.390
Average price during the week of March 5, 2018: $2.515

The following is a list of the average prices in several West Virginia locations:

$2.435      Bridgeport
$2.408      Clarksburg
$2.300      Huntington
$2.507      Martinsburg
$2.410      Morgantown
$2.344      Parkersburg
$2.418      Weirton
$2.370      Wheeling

On the National Front
Today’s national average is $2.42, which is three-cents more expensive than last week and 17-cents more expensive than a month ago, but 10-cents cheaper than a year ago.  Pump prices have pushed higher this week due to reduce gasoline stock levels and a nationwide increase in demand. 

The national gas price average has increased nearly 20-cents since the beginning of the year, which is the largest jump during the January-February timeframe since 2015.  Pump prices rose steadily across the country in February, a month that saw many refineries undergoing planned and unplanned maintenance, and an increase in crude oil prices. 

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate dropped $1.42 to settle at $55.80.  Oil prices took a downward turn last week due to concerns that global crude demand may be lower than expected.  Moving into this week, crude prices may rise on optimism that the United States and China are closer to a deal that resolves the ongoing trade spat between two of the world’s largest economies.  Tightened global supply due to OPEC’s 1.2 million b/d production reduction agreement (which will be through June 2019) and decreased crude exports from Venezuela and Iran could also help prices increase.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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