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Economy in Brief
U.S. Gasoline Prices Are Little-Changed; Crude Oil Falls
Regular gasoline prices of $2.45 per gallon last week (13.3% y/y)...
Japan's METI Indexes Show Ongoing Gains
The services sector is assessed by the METI indexes where it is named the 'tertiary sector.' That sector index rose to 104.1 in February...
U.S. New Home Sales & Prices Strengthen
Sales of new single-family homes increased 5.8% (15.6% y/y) during March to 621,000...
U.S. Consumer Confidence Backpedals
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index fell 3.7% during April (+27.0% y/y) to 120.3...
U.S. FHFA House Price Index Regains Strength
The FHFA U.S. house prices increased 0.8% during February (6.5% y/y)...
French Manufacturing and Service Sectors Weaken But Stay on Trend or Hold Recent Gains
The French manufacturing sector trend index is down to 1 in April from 3 in March...
by Tom Moeller October 18, 2016
WTI crude oil prices rose to $50.42 per barrel last week (7.7% y/y). Yesterday, prices eased to $49.94 per barrel, but they remain up from a daily low of $26.21 per barrel in February. Brent crude oil prices rose to $52.26 per barrel last week, then were $51.54 yesterday.
Natural gas prices increased sharply to $3.15 per mmbtu (29.2% y/y) last week from $2.89, then were $3.16 yesterday.
Regular gasoline prices were little changed at $2.26 per gallon (-0.9% y/y) last week, but remained near the highest level since early July. Prices remained down, however, versus a 2014 high of $3.71 per gallon. Haver Analytics constructs factors adjusting for the seasonal variation in pump prices. The adjusted price increased to $2.26 per gallon, the highest level since early-January.
Last week, gasoline demand increased 2.3% y/y, while demand for all petroleum products improved 2.4% y/y. Gasoline inventories rose a weakened 1.9% y/y and inventories of all petroleum products increased 3.5% y/y. Crude oil production (input to refineries) gained 2.3% y/y in the last four weeks.
The energy price data are reported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The petroleum demand and inventory figures are from the Oil & Gas Journal Weekly. These data can be found in Haver's WEEKLY database. The daily figures are in DAILY and greater detail on prices, demand and production, along with regional breakdowns, are in OILWKLY.
|Weekly Energy Prices||10/17/16||10/10/16||10/03/16||Y/Y %||2015||2014||2013|
|Retail Gasoline ($ per Gallon, Regular)||2.26||2.27||2.25||-0.9||2.03||2.30||3.33|
|Light Sweet Crude Oil, WTI ($ per bbl., WSJ)||50.42||49.50||46.57||7.7||48.90||93.64||97.96|
|Natural Gas ($/mmbtu, LA, WSJ)||3.15||2.89||2.97||29.2||2.62||4.37||3.73|