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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 November 1, 2016
Natural gas prices declined to the lowest level since August. At $2.69 per mmbtu last week, prices have fallen from $3.15 just two weeks ago, and equaled the lowest level since mid-August. They remained up, however, by nearly one-third y/y. Prices recovered to $2.80 yesterday.
WTI crude oil prices fell to $49.45 per barrel last week (+9.9% y/y). Yesterday, prices fell further to $46.86 per barrel, but remained up versus a daily low of $26.21 per barrel in February. Brent crude oil prices declined to $50.49 per barrel last week, then were $48.53 yesterday.
Regular gasoline prices eased to $2.23 per gallon (+0.3% y/y) last week, but remained near their 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 $2.30 per gallon, the highest level in twelve months.
Last week, gasoline demand eased 0.1% y/y, while demand for all petroleum products improved 4.3% y/y. Gasoline inventories rose 3.4% y/y and inventories of all petroleum products increased 3.2% y/y. Crude oil production (input to refineries) gained 1.9% y/y in the last four weeks.
The energy price data are reported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The petroleum demand and inventory figures are from the Oil & Gas Journal Weekly. These data can be found in Haver's WEEKLY database. The daily figures are in DAILY and greater detail on prices, demand and production, along with regional breakdowns, are in OILWKLY.
|Weekly Energy Prices||10/31/16||10/24/16||10/17/16||Y/Y %||2015||2014||2013|
|Retail Gasoline ($ per Gallon, Regular)||2.23||2.24||2.26||0.3||2.03||2.30||3.33|
|Light Sweet Crude Oil, WTI ($ per bbl., WSJ)||49.45||50.58||50.42||9.9||48.90||93.64||97.96|
|Natural Gas ($/mmbtu, LA, WSJ)||2.69||3.10||3.15||29.9||2.62||4.37||3.73|