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Susquehanna Valley Gas Prices Drop; Increasing National Average Slows as Inventory Builds

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
Ntnl Comparison 5-6-2019

The average price for gasoline across the Susquehanna Valley is four cents cheaper this week at $3.009 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Gasoline made moderate fluctuations across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.  Statewide, Pennsylvania gasoline held steady this week at $3.05. 

Gasoline stocks declined by about a half a million barrels in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report, even with regional refinery utilization jumping from 87.6 to 92.5%.  The decline in stocks contributed toward the more moderate weekly retail price changes.  However, an increase in stocks would be most beneficial to the region, which only sits at 59 million barrels total.  There is potential for this to happen as much of the region’s refineries are almost all fully operational following unplanned and planned maintenance.

This week’s average prices: Susquehanna Valley Average                          $3.009
Average price during the week of April 29, 2019                                            $3.041
Average price during the week of May 7, 2018                                               $2.985

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

$3.096            Elysburg
$2.807            Lewisburg
$3.072            Mifflinburg
$2.993            Milton
$3.034            Mount Carmel
$2.985            Selinsgrove
$3.044            Shamokin
$3.038            Sunbury

On the National Front
With the national gas price average at $2.89 – just a penny more expensive than last week – most states are seeing moderate ups and downs at the pump.  Twenty-seven states saw gas prices decrease or hold steady on the week, with Delaware (-4 cents), Kentucky (-3 cents) and North Carolina (-3 cents) seeing the largest declines.

While gasoline demand remains robust, gasoline inventories built for the first time since early February, which contributed toward the national average only increasing by a penny.  Today’s average is just eight cents cheaper than the highest pump price of 2018, which was set going into Memorial Day.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased slightly to settle at $61.94.  Although prices inched up on Friday, crude saw losses last week after new concerns about U.S. oversupply emerged.  The EIA's weekly petroleum report revealed that domestic crude inventories jumped significantly last week by 10 million barrels.  They now sit at 470.6 million barrels, which is nearly 35 million more than the level last year at this time.  Crude inventories have not been this high since September 2017, according to the EIA’s data.  An all-time record high domestic crude production last week contributed to the substantial growth in U.S. stocks, which likely also was a reason crude oil saw losses on the NYMEX last week.  Market observers will look toward EIA’s weekly report this week to see if the growth in crude stocks continues ahead of summer.

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