As I have posted before, the most difficult part of studying gas prices is figuring out the wholesale prices. I use the NYMEX “HU” unleaded gasoline contract as a proxy, because I don’t have access to the wholesale prices in west Michigan. Lately, I’ve also been observing the “RB” gasoline w/ethanol contract, which has been a better predictor the past few weeks, except for the past few days. This week’s rise to $2.95-$2.99 makes sense if you go back to the “HU” contract and set the “Fudge Factor” to zero. Another theory is that Speedway and others are tense about posting a price above $3 a gallon, and are selling gas near cost to keep the Governor happy. This morning, NYMEX gas prices are down, but that could change, so it is difficult to see what happens over the next few days. The crystal ball is foggy. Prices fell to as low as $2.80 around town over the weekend, then re-set to $2.95 on Tuesday at most places.
- RT @GasBuddyGuy: Back in #Chicago: $3 gas. We didn’t miss you. Up from $2.97 this morning and likely to climb further. 😡 https://t.co/7dGqA… 07:11:31 PM April 18, 2018 from Twitter Web Client
- RT @GasBuddyGuy: $5 GAS... is back in Essex, CA at two stations today, as crude oil prices continue to race higher and gasoline demand that… 07:11:23 PM April 18, 2018 from Twitter Web Client
- RT @FamilyExpress: #GasPriceForecast: Fuel prices are likely to increase over the next 12-24 hours throughout our service areas. Fill up wh… 07:11:10 PM April 18, 2018 from Twitter Web Client
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The name of the site is based off an essay Ed wrote for the Grand Rapids Press titled "The Gas Game". The current website was established later by Patrick DeHaan after he and Ed predicted gas price hikes on GasBuddy's website GrandRapidsGasPrices.com, as well as Ed’s personal web page.
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