Diesel prices inch up 3.4 cents, according to EIA data
December 14, 2010 - LM Editorial
Diesel prices rose another 3.4 cents this week to $3.231 per gallon for the week of December 13, following a 3.5 cent bump for the week of December 6, according to data from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Prior to the gains of the last two weeks, diesel prices were down the two preceding weeks. This week’s tally marks the third time in the last month that diesel prices have hit a new two-year high, next to the week of October 27, 2008, which checked in at $3.288 per gallon.
Diesel prices have been at $3 per gallon or more for 12 consecutive weeks. Prior to the week of October 4, when diesel prices hit $3.00 per gallon, the price per gallon of diesel was below the $3.00 mark for 18 straight weeks. But the recent rise in prices is in line with gains in the price per barrel of crude oil, which has been hovering in the mid $80s, on average, during the same period.
As of press time oil barrel prices were at $88.61 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, according to an Associated Press report. Recent reports have noted that the increase is tied to a decline in excess inventories in recent weeks, which is likely to continue.
The EIA is calling for 2010 crude oil prices to hit $78.98 per barrel and 2011 prices at $86.08 per barrel, according to its recently-revised short-term energy outlook. Both figures are above previous estimates of $78.80 per barrel for 2010 and $85.17 per barrel for 2011. On the diesel side, the EIA is calling for the price per gallon of diesel in 2010 and 2011 to average $2.98 and $3.23, respectively.
As oil prices ride the wave of fluctuating prices, a recent Logistics Management reader survey of about 150 logistics, supply chain, and transportation managers found interesting disparities regarding how much shippers’ average fuel surcharges were above their base rates.
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