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Economy in Brief
U.S. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance Ease
Initial jobless insurance applications fell to 258,000 (-3.1% y/y) during the week ended March 25...
U.S. Pending Home Sales Jump
The NAR reported that pending home sales increased 5.5% in February to an index level of 112.3...
U.S. Mortgage Loan Applications Remain Little Changed; Variable Rate Apps Surge
The MBA total Mortgage Market Volume Index slipped 0.8% last week (-12.4% y/y)...
La Dolce Vita? Italian Confidence Bumps Higher
Italian business and consumer confidence moved higher in March...
U.S. Consumer Confidence Improves Significantly
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index for March strengthened 8.2% (30.7% y/y) to 125.6...
U.S. Energy Product Prices Remain Under Pressure
Regular gasoline prices held steady at $2.32 per gallon last week (12.1% y/y) for the third straight week...
by Tom Moeller March 8, 2016
Regular gasoline prices continued to move higher to $1.84 per gallon last week (-26.0% y/y) from $1.78 in the prior week. It was the highest price in six weeks, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The price compares to a 2014 high of $3.71 per gallon. Haver Analytics constructs factors adjusting for the seasonal variation in pump prices, and the adjusted price rose to $1.85 per gallon. The spot market price of gasoline fell to $1.07 per gallon (-37.5% y/y) from $1.12.
WTI crude oil costs increased to $34.46 per barrel last week (-31.6% y/y) from $32.02 in the prior week. Yesterday, prices continued to strengthen to $37.90 per barrel, the highest level since late-November. Prices remained well below the peak of $113.93 in April 2011. Brent crude oil prices increased w/w to $37.24 per barrel and rose further to $40.83 yesterday, up from $27.73 in late January.
Prices for natural gas continued to decline last week to $1.56 per mmbtu (-48.6% y/y), and were $1.52 yesterday.
Last week, gasoline demand strengthened 6.9% y/y last week, but demand for all petroleum products declined 1.1% y/y. Gasoline inventories improved 6.2% y/y, while inventories of all petroleum products gained 9.0% y/y. Crude oil production (input to refineries) increased 2.5% y/y during the last four weeks.
The energy price data are reported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The petroleum demand and inventory figures are from the Oil & Gas Journal Weekly. These data can be found in Haver's WEEKLY database. The daily figures are in DAILY and greater detail on prices, demand and production, along with regional breakdowns, are in OILWKLY.
|Weekly Energy Prices||03/07/16||02/29/16||02/22/16||Y/Y %||2015||2014||2013|
|Retail Gasoline ($ per Gallon, Regular)||1.84||1.78||1.73||-26.0||2.03||2.30||3.33|
|Light Sweet Crude Oil, WTI ($ per bbl., WSJ)||34.46||32.02||30.02||-31.6||48.90||93.64||97.96|
|Natural Gas ($/mmbtu, LA, WSJ)||1.56||1.77||1.88||-48.6||2.62||4.37||3.73|