Tuesday, March 2, 2004

A trip to the Flint/Saginaw area over the weekend indicated similar prices to Grand Rapids, so we are all in this together. Also over the weekend, I read in Barron’s predictions of $2.25 for gas this summer. As far as I am concerned, it is way too early to make that conclusion, but how about this one — in the nearly three years I’ve been tracking wholesale prices, I’ve never seen them as high as they were at Monday’s close. With the 20-cent margin, retail prices land at $1.83, and we still have our working hypothesis that a push is on to change that margin to 25 cents. The upshot is a price hike this week, to at least $1.83, and maybe higher. The prediction that prices would rise was CORRECT, as the new price last Thursday was $1.79 — again! So I was WRONG about the price. And, given the way prices have gone lately, the prediction of a price hike was a pretty safe one.

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