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Economy in Brief

U.S. Energy Product Prices Ease
by Tom Moeller  February 13, 2018

Retail gasoline prices declined to $2.61 per gallon last week (+13.0% y/y) from $2.64 per gallon. Haver Analytics constructs factors adjusting for the seasonal variation in gasoline pump prices. The seasonally-adjusted price fell to $2.84 per gallon from $2.90, but remained near the highest level since December 2014.

WTI crude oil prices fell sharply to $61.96 per barrel last week (+17.2% y/y) to the lowest level in five weeks, and down from last week's peak of $65.22 per barrel. Prices declined yesterday to $59.29 per barrel. Brent crude oil prices declined to $65.50 per barrel last week and fell to $62.20 yesterday.

Natural gas prices declined to $2.72/mmbtu last week (-9.6% y/y) and weakened to $2.56/mmbtu yesterday.

In the week ended February 2, gasoline demand strengthened 6.5% y/y, while total petroleum product demand increased 4.8% y/y. Gasoline inventories declined 4.2% y/y, while inventories of all petroleum products fell 17.4% y/y. Crude oil input to refineries improved 1.7% y/y in the last four weeks.

The energy price data are reported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The petroleum demand and inventory figures are from the Oil & Gas Journal Weekly. These data can be found in Haver's WEEKLY database. The daily figures are in DAILY and greater detail on prices, demand and production, along with regional breakdowns, are in OILWKLY.

Weekly Energy Prices 02/12/18 02/05/18 01/29/18 Y/Y % 2017 2016 2015
Retail Gasoline ($ per Gallon, Regular) 2.61 2.64 2.61 13.0 2.47 2.31 2.03
Light Sweet Crude Oil, WTI ($ per bbl.) 61.96 65.22 65.04 17.2 50.87 43.22 48.90
Natural Gas ($/mmbtu, LA, WSJ) 2.72 3.25 3.43 -9.6 2.96 2.49 2.62
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