This article was originally written by Doug Short. From 2016-2022, it was improved upon and updated by Jill Mislinski. Starting in January 2023, AP Charts pages will be maintained by Jennifer Nash at Advisor Perspectives/VettaFi.
As of March 20, the price of regular and premium gas were down 3 cents and 4 cents from the previous week, respectively. According to GasBuddy.com, Hawaii has the highest average price for regular at $4.81 and Oklahoma has the cheapest at $2.89.
The next chart is a monthly chart overlay of West Texas light crude, Brent crude, and unleaded gasoline end-of-day spot prices.
In this monthly chart, the WTIC end-of-day spot price for crude oil closed at $67.82 and is down 9.3% from last week.
The volatility in crude oil and gasoline prices has been clearly reflected in recent years in both the consumer price index (CPI) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE). For additional perspective on how energy prices are factored into the CPI, see Inside Look at the Consumer Price Index.
The chart below offers a comparison of the broader aggregate category of energy inflation since 2000, based on categories within the CPI (commentary here).
ETFs associated with gasoline WTIC crude oil, and Brent crude oil include: United States Gasoline Fund LP (UGA), United States Oil Fund LP (USO), United States Brent Oil Fund LP (BNO), and Invesco DB Oil Fund (DBO).
Here are some additional commentaries related to gasoline prices:
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