Gas prices decrease


According to AAA, South Central Ohio gas prices are trending downward, nearly eight cents. The national average is $2.792. This week’s South Central Ohio average price is $2.757. Average price during the week of June 15 was $2.839 and the average price during the week of June 24, 2014 was $3.785.

On the National Front

After reaching a new high for 2015 last week ($2.80), the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has dropped slightly to $2.79 per gallon. Today’s price significantly discounted from this time last year.

Pump prices in recent days have stabilized or even dropped in many areas as refineries solve productions issues. Gasoline production typically increases this time of year in anticipation of summer demand, and high profit margins should incentivize refineries to produce more gasoline in the near future, which may help lower gas prices.

Crude oil prices moved lower late last week due to a stronger U.S. dollar amid concerns about Greece’s financial instability. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reported its largest production levels since October 2012, and the U.S. also continues to produce at record levels. This means the global market is likely to remain oversupplied in the near term and any reductions in demand are expected to put downward pressure on price and exacerbate the current dynamic of oversupply. At the close of Friday’s formal trading on the NYMEX, WTI was down 84 cents and settled at $59.61 per barrel.

South Central Ohio Area Prices

Here is the price per gallon of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:

$2.833

Athens

$2.711

Chillicothe

$2.659

Columbiana

$2.726

East Liverpool

$2.812

Gallipolis

$2.746

Hillsboro

$2.818

Ironton

$2.736

Jackson

$2.667

Logan

$2.770

Marietta

$2.830

Portsmouth

$2.755

Steubenville

$2.731

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