A drop in crude oil prices is likely to stabilize prices at the pump this week

29 November 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (November 29,2021) — For the fourth straight week, The Tennessee gas price average declined - nearly two cents cheaper compared to last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $3.10 which is 7 cents cheaper than one month ago and $1.20 more than one year ago.  

“It’s too soon to tell if fears of a global economic slowdown caused by the Omicron variant will push oil prices lower for the long term,” said Stephanie Milani, Tennessee Public Affairs Director, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “But for now, the upward pricing pressure due to tightened supply and high demand seems to have abated, and that will likely result in pump prices stabilizing.”

 

Quick Facts

  • 32% of Tennessee gas stations have prices below $3.00 
  • The lowest 10% of pump prices are $2.87 for regular unleaded 
  • The highest 10% of pump prices are $3.39 for regular unleaded

National Gas Prices

Crude oil prices initially tumbled more than $10 to $68 a barrel on Friday after news of the Omicron COVID-19 variant broke. Meanwhile, consumers caught a little break as the national average price for a gallon of gas dropped to $3.39, down a penny since last week.

 

Today’s national average of $3.39 is a penny less than a month ago and $1.27 more than a year ago.

 

National Oil Market Dynamics

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session, WTI decreased by $10.24 to settle at $68.15. Crude prices fell amid concerns about the new COVID-19 Omicron variant and the travel restrictions announced by the Biden administration. With little known about the new variant, it is unclear what long-term impact it may have on crude prices. Before reports of the new variant, EIA’s weekly report revealed that total domestic crude supply increased by 1 million bbl to 434 million bbl. However, prices rose last week despite President Biden’s announcement that the federal government will make available up to 32 million bbl of oil held in the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and accelerate the timeline for the sale of an additional 18 million bbl of SPR oil, as mandated by Congress. The effort is expected to be coordinated with the release of oil from other major crude consuming countries, including China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the U.K, to help reduce the price of crude. How much of a price impact, and how long the price relief at the pump will last, depends on the total amount of oil that moves into the market after the coordinated releases around the globe. For this week, crude prices could decline further if the global market begins to see an increase in supply from the joint releases or EIA’s next report shows another increase in total domestic supply. Additionally, market watchers will keep their eye on the impact of the Omicron variant on the oil market.

 

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.

Tennessee Regional Prices 

  • Most expensive metro markets - Memphis ($3.14), Jackson ($3.13), Morristown ($3.13)
  • Least expensive metro markets - Cleveland ($3.01), Clarksville ($3.04), Kingsport ($3.07)

 

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Monday

Sunday

Week Ago

Month Ago

One Year Ago

Tennessee

$3.097

$3.099

$3.114

$3.165

$1.892

Chattanooga

$3.066

$3.072

$3.076

$3.131

$1.895

Knoxville

$3.110

$3.114

$3.134

$3.168

$1.860

Memphis

$3.143

$3.138

$3.154

$3.164

$1.941

Nashville

$3.104

$3.106

$3.118

$3.185

$1.893

Click here to view current gasoline price averages

 

About AAA - The Auto Club Group

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