Both national and regional gas prices remain flat – unusual for this time of year

The Week

Pump prices in the Mid-Atlantic region are some of the only prices to see a decline on the week with many sites in the tri-state area seeing gas prices move down by a penny. Gasoline inventories remain high regionally and the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) reports that the healthy supply should keep prices relatively stable as the market prepares for the transition to summer-blend gasoline. Overall, increased U.S. oil production continues to counter OPEC rebalancing efforts.

Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.30 per gallon, two cents less than one week ago, three cents more compared to one month ago and 46 cents more per gallon year-over-year.

CURRENT AND PAST GAS PRICE AVERAGES

Regular Unleaded Gasoline (*indicates record high)

 
03/10/17
Week Ago
Year Ago
National
$2.30 $2.32
$1.84
New Jersey
$2.29
$2.31
$1.62
Trenton
$2.33
$2.34
$1.64
Cape May County

$2.30

$2.30
$1.60
Burlington
$2.22
$2.24
$1.59
Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon Counties
$2.30
$2.32
$1.64
Monmouth, Ocean Counties
$2.30
$2.31
$1.63
Crude Oil

$48.46 per barrel (03/10/17)

$53.21 per barrel (03/03/17)
$37.84 per barrel (03/10/16)

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) settled at $48.46 per barrel.  Oil production in the U.S. continues to rise. Globally, the Russian energy ministry released oil production data showing that their oil production has remained unchanged as compared to last month. This information has unsettled traders and many speculate whether or not Russia will thwart efforts by OPEC to rebalance global oil supply.

The Weekend

“At a time when gas prices typically experience a seasonal uptick, that increase has stalled, which is welcome news for motorists” said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "Though crude oil prices have leveled off, which typically halts pump price increases, seasonal refinery maintenance and the switchover to summer blend gasoline will likely reverse this trend in the weeks ahead.”

The Week Ahead

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects U.S. monthly average regular gasoline retail prices to increase from $2.30 per gallon in February 2017 to $2.51 per gallon in July before falling to $2.24 per gallon by December. U.S. regular gasoline retail prices are forecast to average $2.40 per gallon in 2017 and $2.44 per gallon in 2018.  EIA forecasts WTI crude oil prices are expected to average $54 per barrel in 2017.