Doug Short

About the Author Doug Short

Doug Short is first-wave boomer with a lifelong interest in markets and the economy. His professional career had been a satisfying split between academia (English Professor at North Carolina State University) and Information technology (IBM and GSK). Doug retired in 2006 to devote himself full-time to his dshort.com financial website. The domain has now been acquired by Advisor Perspectives, and Doug has been appointed the Vice President of Research. Doug is especially interested in the economy, long-term market trends and behavioral finance.

Weekly Gasoline Price Update: A Tiny Increase


It’s time again for my weekly gasoline update based on data from the Energy Information Administration(EIA). After rising 43 Cents in the five previous weeks, last week’s price rise was minimal. Rounded to the penny, Regular rose a penny and Premium two pennies.

According to GasBuddy.com, California has the highest average price at $3.43, even topping Hawaii at $3.14. Wyoming has the cheapest Regular at $2.14.

How far are we from the interim high prices of 2011 and the all-time highs of 2008? Here’s a visual answer.

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The next chart is a weekly chart overlay of West Texas Light Crude, Brent Crude and unleaded gasoline end-of-day spot prices (GASO).

WTIC closed today at 50 and has been trending sideways for the past few weeks.

The volatility in crude oil and gasoline prices has been clearly reflected in recent years in both the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE). For additional perspective on how energy prices are factored into the CPI, see What Inflation Means to You: Inside the Consumer Price Index.

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The chart below offers a comparison of the broader aggregate category of energy inflation since 2000, based on categories within Consumer Price Index (commentary here).

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