CASPER, Wyo. — With the Memorial Day holiday quickly approaching, the nation’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline remains unchanged from a week ago at $3.51, according to price tracker GasBuddy.
The national average price of diesel has fallen 3.2 cents in the last week to stand at $3.94 per gallon, GasBuddy says.
“In the run-up to Memorial Day, the national average price of gas has seen little overall movement over the last week. We’ve seen more states see prices climb than fall, which has been driven by oil’s volatility as debt ceiling discussions are ongoing,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “I think we’ll see prices rise slightly as we get closer to Memorial Day, especially if there are positive developments in the debt ceiling discussions in D.C., while pessimism could drive prices slightly lower.
“I continue to be optimistic that the national average will remain under $4 per gallon for most of, if not the entire summer, with Americans spending a combined $1.6 billion less on gasoline over Memorial Day weekend this year compared to last.”
AAA reported the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline at $3.54 per gallon, up 1 cent from a week ago, and placed Wyoming’s average lower at $3.40, up 2 cents. Natrona County’s average gas price of $3.14 per gallon is now the cheapest in the state, overtaking Laramie County, which saw a 6-cent hike to $3.18, according to AAA.
The cheapest price offered by local stations is $3.04 at Maverik, Highway 26 Poison Spider Road in Mills; Loaf ‘N Jug, 4603 W. Yellowstone Highway in Mills; Sinclair, 5076 W. Yellowstone Highway in Mills; and Sam’s Club, 4600 E. 2nd St., according to GasBuddy reports.
Also included in GasBuddy’s report Monday:
With continued discussions about reaching a bipartisan agreement to raise the nation’s debt limit, the price of oil has remained somewhat volatile, given the economic repercussions that come with the situation. In early Monday trade, a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude oil was down 10 cents to $71.45 per barrel, just 68 cents above the $70.77 seen in early trade a week ago. Brent crude oil was also in the red, down 8 cents to $75.50 at press time, a narrow rise from $74.88 per barrel last Monday. Oil is expected to continue bouncing around as developments break in the talks being held today in Washington, D.C. between President Biden and Speaker McCarthy.
OIL AND REFINED PRODUCTS
Last week’s report from the Energy Information Administration showed a fairly robust 5 million increase in commercial crude oil inventories, which stand at the five-year average, while the SPR fell 2.4 million barrels. U.S. oil production saw a slight 100,000 bpd fall to 12.2 million barrels, while gasoline inventories fell 1.4 million barrels to a year-on-year deficit of nearly 2 million barrels. Distillate inventories saw a slight 100,000 bpd rise and are about 1% above their year-ago level. Implied gasoline demand, a proxy for retail gasoline consumption, fell 395,000 bpd to 8.91 million barrels. Refinery utilization rose 1 percentage point to 92.0%, even as gasoline production fell. Distillate production rose to nearly 5 million barrels per day.
According to GasBuddy demand data driven by its Pay with GasBuddy™ fuel card, U.S. retail gasoline demand saw a rise of 1.1% last week (Sun-Sat). Broken down by PADD region, demand rose 0.7% in PADD 1, rose 1.0% in PADD 2, rose 1.6% in PADD 3, rose 1.7% in PADD 4, and rose 1.4% in PADD 5.
GAS PRICE TRENDS
The most common U.S. gas price encountered by motorists stood at $3.39 per gallon, up 10 cents from last week, followed by $3.29, $3.49, $3.19, and $3.59 rounding out the top five most common prices.
The median U.S. gas price is $3.39 per gallon, unchanged from last week and about 12 cents lower than the national average.
The top 10% of stations in the country average $4.75 per gallon, while the bottom 10% average $2.91 per gallon.
The states with the lowest average prices: Mississippi ($2.95), Texas ($3.03), and Louisiana ($3.05).
The states with the highest average prices: California ($4.76), Hawaii ($4.74), and Arizona ($4.63).
DIESEL PRICE TRENDS
The most common U.S. diesel price stood at $3.99 per gallon, unchanged from last week, followed by $3.79, $3.89, $3.69, and $3.59 rounding out the top five most common prices.
The median U.S. diesel price is $3.85 per gallon, down 4 cents from last week and about 9 cents lower than the national average for diesel.
Diesel prices at the top 10% of stations in the country average $4.99 per gallon, while the bottom 10% average $3.24 per gallon.
The states with the lowest average diesel prices: Texas ($3.38), Louisiana ($3.51), and Oklahoma ($3.57).
The states with the highest average diesel prices: Hawaii ($5.84), California ($5.05), and Washington ($4.90).