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July 1, 2019 5:15 PM, EDT

Diesel Price Average Dips 0.1¢ to $3.042 a Gallon

Diesel fuel gauge Diesel costs 19.4 cents less than it did a year ago when it was $2.848, DOE said. (Getty Images)

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The U.S. average retail price of diesel dropped 0.1 cent to $3.042 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported July 1. Crude oil prices remained near $58 a barrel after touching $60 earlier in the day.

Diesel costs 19.4 cents less than it did a year ago when it was $3.236, DOE said.

Regional diesel prices climbed in three areas and fell in seven others.

Also, the national average price for regular gasoline jumped 5.9 cents to $2.713 a gallon, DOE’s Energy Information Administration said.

It was the first increase in gasoline’s national average after seven consecutive weekly declines.

Regional averages rose in six areas and declined in three others.

West Texas Intermediate crude futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed at $58.55 on July 1 compared with $57.79 per barrel June 24.

In related news, OPEC will extend production cuts into 2020, attempting to buoy oil prices as the world’s leading exporters fret about the outlook for global demand growth and the relentless rise in output from America’s shale fields, Bloomberg News reported.

President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping also agreed to resume trade talks, a reprieve for the demand outlook for oil. Still, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that the global economy is in a “rough patch,” with unresolved issues on trade posing the most serious risk for the future.

“What came out of the Trump-Xi meeting was probably the minimum,” Vandana Hari, founder of Vanda Insights in Singapore, told Bloomberg. “It appears a little more positive than it actually is. I don’t expect a deal to happen anytime soon.”

Travel Centers

Meanwhile, one truck stop chain offered new fleet payment cards to draw in new business.

TravelCenters of America, nationwide operator of the TA, Petro Stopping Centers and TA Express travel center network, announced it launched two new fleet payment card options — UltraONE Universal and UltraONE Select.

The cards offer three unique fuel purchasing platforms: RFID (radio frequency identification), start code and fuel card. RFID is a fast and secure purchase system adding time efficiency into the fueling process.

The UltraONE Universal card can be used at all TA, Petro and TA Express locations as well as any fueling location that accepts QuikQ payment products, thereby extending potential fueling locations to more than 3,400 merchant locations nationwide, according to the Westlake, Ohio-based company.

The UltraONE Select card is accepted exclusively at TA, Petro and TA Express-branded locations.

The cards also allow customers to pay for fuel, truck maintenance and other services on one easy-to-manage account. In addition, customers will have access to real-time reporting that enhances efficiency, is customizable and improves account security.