Gas Prices Jump Back Above $3


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NEW YORK (Nov. 5) -- Gasoline prices jumped back above $3 a gallon at the pump Monday even as concerns about the economy and increases in crude supplies sent oil prices lower. Retail gas prices have been slow to catch up with soaring crude prices, which have gained nearly 39% since late August to a trading high of $96.24 on Thursday. Gas prices only started rising steadily in mid-October.

The national average price of a gallon of gas rose 1.5 cents overnight to $3.004, and has jumped almost 25 cents in three weeks, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.

The sharp jump in gas prices could continue if oil keeps surging to new heights.

"The consumer has been relatively isolated from these prices," said Amanda Kurzendoerfer, commodities analyst at Summit Energy Services in Louisville.

But, she said, if oil prices don't retreat, gas prices could reach $3.50 or $4 a gallon by next summer.

Crude, meanwhile, fell more than $1 a barrel Monday as uncertainty about the economy and expanding supplies motivated investors to pocket gains. Prices have risen in recent weeks on concerns about falling inventories and potential supply disruptions.

Foremost on investors minds was the situation at Citigroup (C), which warned Sunday it would take additional losses of $8 billion to $11 billion due in part to its exposure to risky mortgage debt. The announcement came as Citigroup CEO Charles Prince resigned, and reignited worries that the problems facing the subprime mortgage industry could spread, affecting the broader economy.

"Weekend news that another top banking head handed in his resignation due to subprime woes ... is roiling the markets," said Edward Meir, an analyst at MF Global U.K., in a research note.

Energy investors worry that a slowdown in the economy would curb demand for oil and petroleum products.

Moderating those concerns was an Institute for Supply Management report Monday that the economy's services sector grew at a faster-than-expected rate in October.

Light, sweet crude for December delivery fell $1.45 to $94.48 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange Monday.

Other energy futures also fell. The contract for December gasoline fell 3.61 cents to $2.4034 a gallon on the Nymex, while December heating oil fell 2.45 cents to $2.5492 a gallon.

December natural gas fell 26.5 cents to $8.153 per 1,000 cubic feet. In London, December Brent crude lost $1.20 to $90.88 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

An increase in supplies also pressured prices. Iraqi crude exports rose by nearly 200,000 barrels a day in October to 1.84 million barrels a day, according to PVM Oil Associates in Vienna. In addition, Russian oil output rose 0.6% last month compared to the previous month, marking a new post-Soviet high of 9.93 billion barrels a day, PVM said.

A separate survey of analysts by Dow Jones Newswires suggests OPEC raised crude oil production in October 1.24%, or 382,000 barrels from the previous month to 31.23 million barrels.

An easing in tensions abroad gave energy investors more reason to sell. Kurdish rebels released eight Turkish soldiers Sunday, moderating concerns about whether Turkey will launch attacks on guerrilla bases in northern Iraq. Escalating tensions in the Middle East could disrupt oil supplies out of the region.

Despite Monday's swoon, analysts think some traders and investors will try to push oil prices to the psychologically important $100 level this week. Crude prices have topped the inflation-adjusted highs set in early 1980.

"I wouldn't see this sell-off today as the start of a correction," Kurzendoerfer said.

Got it for $2.68 in Jersey today


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It's gonna get higher. I'm still convinced that they won't stop
until they can get it to about 5 bucks a gallon.


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
[Homer] This Sucks. [/Homer]


aka Vinnie Two Bucks
I got it for $2.62 today Ha Ha


as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
i just got 181 gallons of fuel oil. @ 3.09 a gallon. so much for my planishing hammer, hell so much for buying a steak tomorrow


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Who'd have thought 5 years ago that my monthly gas card bill would be almost as much as my car payment?


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you can thank the constant declining value of the dollar and the government not doing anything to fix it.

HockeyHelmet know one who speaks at funerals
Its about 3.15 here on the Island...such horseshit
Our gas prices will be dropping soon because we'll be in a Recession. Lower demand you see. Unfortunately rising inflation will make sure it stays just as expensive in relative terms.
:gh: Whoot! :gh:

I wonder how high it has to get for traffic to be noticibly reduced.


I'm bi-winning.
Escalating tensions in the Middle East could disrupt oil supplies out of the region.
This is the most overused phrase when it comes to justification for raising prices. Tensions in the Middle East have ALWAYS been high, and they ALWAYS keep the supply flowing.

I honestly can't think of the last time oil shipments from any country in the Middle East stopped. Even when oil fields were torched, the oil still kept coming.

you can thank the constant declining value of the dollar and the government not doing anything to fix it.
I peeked again today and we're closing in on .685 to the Euro. Fucking despicable. And yes, the dollar is now worth .92 in Canada.


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you can thank the constant declining value of the dollar and the government not doing anything to fix it.
Because the people in charge aren't hurt by the decline since they have more dollars then they'll ever need anyway.

Chino Kapone

Yo, whats wrong wit da beer we got?
YAY! One more thing that is going to kill my business...
$97 / barrel, almost at that sweet spot. The global warming nuts should start bombing oil pipelines.
fucking $3.25 for diesel! what the fuck??

Paid $2.79 for regular today. Fords, NJ.

Sinn Fein

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I paid $2.83 over in NJ on Saturday at the Wawa on Rt. 37. It was $3.07 at the Shell 3/4 mile down the street from my house when we got home. It's still at that price.

I'm glad I have a company vehicle, so we're only really paying for gas for one vehicle since my personal vehicle hardly gets driven.