South Dakota’s statewide average price for regular self-serve gasoline today is $3.66 per gallon, four cents lower than one week ago, according to AAA South Dakota.
Today’s national average gas price is $3.54, the fourth highest price for this calendar date behind 2008 ($3.80), 2012 ($3.69) and 2011 ($3.61). The nationwide average stands seven cents below the price a week ago and has now declined for 23 of 25 days, including a current streak of 12 consecutive days. During this 25-day stretch, the national average has fallen 13 cents, partially offsetting the nearly 20-cent jump in the national average from July 7-19.
Today’s national price is 16 cents below that of Aug. 13, 2012. Last Tuesday, August 6, marked the first time since June 1 that U.S. motorists enjoyed a year-over-year savings at the pump.
Where gas prices go from here depends on possible hurricanes in the Gulf and whatever refinery problems pop up because of them.
After a day with no clear direction, West Texas Intermediate settled at $106.11, up 14 cents per barrel at the close of formal trading yesterday on the NYMEX.
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