are expected to keep crude oil production unchanged when they
meet this week to assess market conditions. Pump prices are expected
to remain fairly stable through the peak summer driving season.
of Petroleum Exporting Countries lowered output in January by
1.5 million barrels a day and pressured others to follow in order
to support oil prices. Only Mexico and Oman of the five non-OPEC
nations that cooperated on restraints for the first six months
of this year are expected to continue. The world's second and
third biggest exporters, Russia and Norway, are returning to full
As OPEC works
to keep prices from dropping, the weekly retail on-highway diesel
prices released by the Energy Department Monday show the national
average cost of diesel rose slightly from last week to $1.281.
The highest prices nationally are once again found in California.
Diesel there costs $1.438 per gallon on average. The lowest average
prices are in the Lower Atlantic region. Fuel there is $1.236
regions' price per gallon is as follows: East Coast, $1.282; New
England, $1.379; Central Atlantic, $1.368; Midwest, $1.26; Gulf
Coast, $1.242; Rocky Mountain, $1.317; and West Coast, $1.395,