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The Week

For the 37.6 million Americans who hit the road this past Memorial Day weekend, the vast majority found savings at the pump compared to last year’s holiday, a trend AAA expects to continue into June.  In the last week, prices in Washington, D.C. and in the metro area have dropped by two cents and are about 20 cents less than this time last year.


Today’s national gas price average is $2.82, which is down two cents in the last week, down six cents in the last month, and is 13 cents less than last year’s price.



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At the close of NYMEX trading Friday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $53.50 per barrel, $5.13 lower than last Friday’s close. This is the lowest price since February 12. The market reacted this week to a smaller-than-expected decline in U.S. crude inventories and continued concern over a U.S.-China trade war. Government data released this week also pointed to a continued increase in production levels that are already at a record level.


The Weekend

Gas prices have declined, on average, by at least a nickel, for the majority of the country since the beginning of May, a trend motorists can expect to continue into early June,” says John B. Townsend II, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Barring any unforeseen circumstances – economic, geopolitical, and/or weather-related – the highest gas prices of the year are likely in the rearview mirror.”


The Week Ahead
Summertime gas price movement could depend on whether the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members and non-members agree to increase production when they meet in late June, as well as how soon they execute on such increases. Many market analysts believe that the cuts made by OPEC will be extended in an effort to prevent oil prices from falling further. In addition, any unexpected supply disruptions could affect prices are the pump this summer.

AAA has a variety of resources to help motorists save on fuel:



AAA is the most comprehensive resource for gas prices.  Unlike the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations, AAA reports reflect actual prices from credit card transactions at more than 100,000 gas stations in the U.S.


Next Weekend Gas Watch: Friday, June 7, 2019




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