Upcoming gas prices could see slight decreases

Gas prices on the rise

Gasoline prices in MA are up three cents this week, according to AAA Northeast, which has an office in Framingham.

Average retail gasoline prices in area have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.33/gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 418 gas outlets in the Knoxville area.

But, prices are still 38.9 cents higher than a year ago and 8 cents higher than a month ago. "However, refinery maintenance season is fast approaching and could spoil this big break for motorists".

Florida ranks 13th nationally for the most expensive gas.

The 10 Kansas cities regularly highlighted by AAA Kansas (see chart above), only Emporia saw a price increase, rising two cents.

"As the Dow Jones average swung violently, oil prices lost considerable ground, falling below $60 per barrel for the first time this year", said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.

Oil inventories are down, in part because OPEC has cut production and that's pushed prices higher especially here in California.

The average price across Kansas is now $2.43/gallon, which is three cents less than one week ago. The sudden decrease in prices stems from a nosedive in energy prices on the stock market, a spokesperson for AAA said.

The county average is about 50 cents more than it was this time previous year. The national average has increased 3.7 cents during the last month and stands 29.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Drivers in the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton market paid the state's highest average price, at $2.74.

Huntsville- $2.35/g, down 2.6 cents per gallon from last week's $2.37/g.

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