Price of crude oil increases

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For Immediate Release: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018


DES MOINES – The price of crude oil increased $3.64, currently priced at $75.43 per barrel. Brent crude oil increased $3.70, currently priced at $85.25 per barrel.

Crude Oil Summary

The price of global crude oil rose this week on the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) by $3.64 per barrel over last week, and is currently priced at $75.43.

Brent crude oil increased $3.70 and is currently priced at $85.25.

One year ago WTI crude sold for $50.42 and Brent crude was at $56.12.

Motor Fuels

As of Tuesday, October 2, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.87 across Iowa according to AAA. This is $.03 higher than last week and $.42 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.90, up $.03 from last week’s price.

Retail diesel fuel prices in Iowa were $.05 higher than last week’s price with a statewide average of $3.20. One year ago diesel prices averaged $2.68 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is $.03 less than the national average of $3.23.

Wholesale ethanol prices were up $.02 from last week’s price, currently at $1.31.

The current Des Moines Terminal/Rack Prices are $2.16 for U87-E10, $2.35 for Unleaded 87 (clear), ULSD#2 is at $2.52, ULSD#1 is at $2.77, and E-70 is priced at $1.63 per gallon.

Heating Fuels

Propane prices were $.02 higher than prices on September 18 for a statewide average of $1.32 per gallon. Home heating oil was up $.07 from the September 18 figures, ending with a statewide average of $2.75. Natural Gas prices rose $.11 at the Henry Hub reporting site and ended the week at $3.24/MMbtu.


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