Retail gasoline prices have also been on the rise. The national average is $3.32 a gallon, up 7 cents from a month ago and 3 cents in the past week.
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Scheduled maintenance this month at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery (former Sunoco plant) — the largest on the East Coast — and a gasoline-processing unit at Delta Airlines' refinery in Trainer, Penn., that will down until late February are contributing to worries about supplies.
Valero Energy's McKee, Texas, plant and Chevron's Mississippi refinery have also shut units.
But due to flagging demand, analysts do not expect pump prices to reach last spring's highs.
"The strength is really in the futures market and on the East Coast," says OPIS analyst Tom Kloza. "I don't think (the national average for) retail prices will get close to the $3.90s (a gallon) like we saw last April."
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