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AAA Weekly Fuel Gauge

MADISON, Wis., (December 2, 2019) – Following a busy holiday long weekend that saw 49 million Americans traveling on roadways, gas prices across the country saw minimal fluctuation, with most states seeing decreases on the week. The national gas price average is one penny cheaper than last Monday at $2.58. Today's average is three cents cheaper than last month, but 12 cents more expensive than last year at this time.

Gasoline stocks have steadily increased the past few weeks as gasoline demand has started to slow. This trend is creating cheaper gas prices for the majority of motorists.

On the week, there is minimal volatility at pumps across the Great Lakes and Central region. Gas prices in the region saw low volatility due to an increase in refinery rates and a substantial build (1.6 million bbl) in gasoline stocks, according to EIA data. Total stocks sit at 48 million bbl and are poised to continue increasing, leading to cheaper gas prices in December.



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Oil Market Dynamics

At the close of Friday's formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI decreased by $2.94 cents to settle at $55.14. Continued market fear that tension between China and the U.S. – the world's two largest crude consumers – will reduce crude demand moving into next year helped push prices down. Additionally, domestic crude prices decreased after the U.S. hit a record high production level of 12.9 million b/d, according to EIA's latest weekly petroleum status report. If tension between China and the U.S. persists this week, crude prices could slide further.

In related news, total domestic crude inventories increased by 1.6 million bbl last week, bringing the new total to 452 million bbl. The current level is 1.5 million bbl higher than last year's level at this same time.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

Gas Price Survey Methodology
AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.

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