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Gasoline Falls as Crude Slips While Summer Fuel Demand Wanes

August 30, 2013

(See EXTRA for more news on the Syrian conflict.)


Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Gasoline fell as crude declined after British lawmakers refused to join the U.S. in a military strike against Syria and as the end of the U.S. summer driving season approaches.

Futures sank as much as 1.2 percent as the U.S. lost the support of Britain yesterday in acting against Syria and its suspected use of chemical weapons, lessening concern of an imminent strike that might embroil the Middle East and disrupt oil supplies. U.S. gasoline demand dipped to a five-week low in the seven days ended Aug. 23 and in June was the lowest for that month since 2001, government data show.

’’The market is waiting to see if the U.S. is willing to go it alone on Syria or will cobble together some amount of international support,’’ said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates LLC in Houston. "Gasoline has been under pressure since the EIA issued its June data yesterday."

Gasoline for September delivery fell 3.2 cents, or 1 percent, to $3.0344 a gallon at 10:09 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Trading volume was 7.2 percent below the 100-day average. Prices have declined 0.3 percent in August.

The Obama administration will release a public version of its intelligence assessment today, according to an administration official, who asked for anonymity because the publication hasn’t been officially announced.

West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell a second straight day, dropping 33 cents to $108.47 a barrel on the Nymex, after reaching a two-year high of $110.10 two days ago.


October Futures


September gasoline and diesel futures expire at the close of floor trading today. The more-actively traded October contract, which represents winter-grade gasoline, which can be blended from a wider range of components, increasing supply, slipped 1.42 cents to $2.9164 a gallon. Nymex floor trading will be closed on Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday.

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