Memorial Day Weekend Reading

Comment on the May 18 prediction:  Prices continued falling for a week, into the $3.70s, so that prediction was CORRECT.

Thursday, May 26, 2011, 1:00PM:  Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything to say before the hike to $3.99 yesterday.  There is something going on with floods and refineries and the stock market that is causing wholesale prices to bounce around, but I had no clear prediction to make.  So, for Memorial Day weekend, we are just about at $4 a gallon.  Here is your reading for the weekend:  musings about $4 gas from Greg Beato.  An excerpt:

“Indeed, while the gas that cost 36 cents per gallon in 1970 would only cost $2 per gallon today, the average fuel economy for cars in that era was approximately 13.5 miles per gallon. In contrast, a 2011 Ford Fiesta gets 28 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway — so until gas prices top $4 per gallon, Fiesta drivers are actually paying less per mile for gas than the drivers of the 1970s did. And they’re not paying a premium to achieve such efficiencies — the Fiesta starts at $13,320 (that’s just $2312.72 in 1970 dollars).”

Updated: May 26, 2011 — 11:59 am


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  1. Diether Haenicke

    Patrick reports that a Marathon refinery in Robinson, Illinois lost power last night as a result of severe weather. I imagine this is why we had a 4.07¢ increase in the Chicago spot price today.

    In Kalamazoo, retail prices are down to $3.909 near the airport and down to $3.899 in Paw Paw and Lawton. The Kalamazoo metro average is $3.976. A Marathon in Richland was $4.039 as of 11:56 this morning, the only station in the area to go above Speedway’s $3.999 high water mark.

    Normalcy has returned in Grand Rapids, with 13 stations below the lowest price available in Kalamazoo, the lowest being $3.829 at a Sam’s Club in Comstock Park. The Grand Rapids metro average is $3.981. No stations are reported above $3.999.

    Here’s where the averages currently rank:

    $4.000 Ann Arbor
    $3.981 Grand Rapids
    $3.976 Kalamazoo
    $3.969 Michigan
    $3.964 Flint
    $3.956 Gary
    $3.950 Detroit
    $3.948 Fort Wayne
    $3.947 South Bend
    $3.928 Indiana
    $3.917 Lansing
    $3.804 USA

    I would plan on a reset on Tuesday, May 31, but not necessarily back to $3.999. By that time, prices will have fallen for 6 days.

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  2. Diether Haenicke

    Markets often don’t move much on Friday, especially going into a major holiday weekend, but they did today and not for the good.

    June futures settled up today at $3.0920 and $3.0313 for July.

    I imagine the exchange rate between the Euro and U.S. Dollar can be blamed for this. Normally, I’ve not seen currencies moving above 1% in a day. The Euro closed today 1.0783% stronger against the Dollar, where 1€ buys $1.4298. The Dollar was 1.9412% weaker against the Swiss Franc. The Dollar was also weaker against all 4 other major currencies.

    Commodities were mixed.

    Current retail averages:

    $3.964 Ann Arbor
    $3.963 Grand Rapids
    $3.956 Kalamazoo
    $3.954 MI
    $3.946 South Bend
    $3.939 Gary
    $3.936 Fort Wayne
    $3.935 Detroit
    $3.920 Flint
    $3.906 IN
    $3.863 Lansing
    $3.795 USA

    Lansing, East Lansing, Holt, and Mason currently claim 13 out of the top 15 lowest reported prices in Michigan, with $3.699 at a Sam’s Club in Lansing.

  3. Holiday weekend over – – prices falling!!

  4. Okay, can one of you guys who is “in the know” explain to me why Rockford’s gas prices are almost 20 cents higher than Cedar Springs [at the expressway].

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