Gas posts 5-week high
NEW YORK — Gasoline rose to the highest price in five weeks Tuesday as the recent spike in oil continues to filter down to the consumer level.
The average price for a gallon of gas rose 2 cents overnight to $3.635, the highest since June 10. That's 15 cents more expensive than a week ago and 24 cents more than drivers were paying at this time last year.
Oil is up about 10 percent so far this month. It has been jolted higher by sharp drops in U.S. crude and gasoline inventories, which suggest stronger demand. The military ouster in early July of Egypt's president has also added a premium to crude, reflecting the risk of supply disruptions from political instability there.
On Tuesday benchmark crude for August delivery fell 32 cents to finish at $106 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
As of Tuesday's close, wholesale gasoline futures had gone up 38 cents this month, or 14 percent, to $3.13 a gallon. The price of gas has risen in July in all but three states — Colorado, Idaho and Utah.