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West Kentucky Gas Prices Steady as Demand Decreases Nationwide

Kentucky, Gas Prices
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West Central Kentucky gas prices held at $2.337 per gallon this week, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Great Lakes and Central states’ gas prices are showing signs of volatility.  On the week, the majority of the states saw prices decrease, but Kentucky (+4 cents) is among the handful of states that are paying more compared to last week.

Gasoline inventories continue to build week over week since the start of the year.  According to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report, inventories built by 740,000 barrels to total at 58.3 million barrels.  Inventories are just 1.8 million below last year this week.

This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average:  $2.337
Average price during the week of February 20, 2018: $2.332
Average price during the week of February 27, 2017: $2.146

Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: 

$2.357        Bowling Green
$2.236        Elizabethtown
$2.525        Louisville
$2.313        Owensboro
$2.252        Paducah

On the National Front
At $2.52, the national gas price average is the cheapest pump price seen this month.  The national gas price average for the month of February is $2.56, which is 29-cents more expensive than the $2.28 average of February 2017.  On the week, gas prices decreased 1 cent.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased 78 cents to settle at $63.55.  Oil prices are likely to continue rebounding this week after the EIA’s latest petroleum report revealed that U.S. crude inventories unexpectedly fell by 1.6 million barrels.  The drop gave some market observers hope that global demand growth this year may help drain global inventories further, even with U.S. production continuing to grow.

EIA’s report also found that U.S. domestic crude production and exports remain high, hitting 10.270 million b/d and 2.04 million b/d respectively.  A steady increase in crude oil exports underscores that growth in domestic production has led to the U.S. ability to meet growth in global appetite for oil.  The growth and price gains for crude since the end of last year have helped to drive additional investment in drilling activity in the U.S., which currently has 799 active oil rigs, according to Baker Hughes, Inc.

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