Gas prices hit record highs this week, as consumers are grappling with soaring inflation.
With oil prices hovering around $112 per barrel, drivers are unlikely to see much relief at the pump for now.
“May is usually when the futures market in gasoline tends to peak," Tom Kloza, OPIS head of energy analysis, told Yahoo Finance (video above). "But this May has brought particular mayhem, if you will.”
The continuation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is expected to keep oil prices high, he said.
“I think we’re looking at higher prices in the next week or so, and then maybe a little moderation before July — but July and August are going to be sizzling months,” Kloza added.
The latest Consumer Price Index at 8.3% year over year shows inflation is still red hot. Although gasoline prices fell slightly in April, they are expected to tick back amid oil price volatility and not enough refining capacity for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
“We’re going to see a lot of insidious inflation, because we're looking at by far the highest diesel prices ever, and by far the largest jet fuel prices ever. And that’s going to manifest itself in higher airfare and pretty much higher everything that moves across the country,” said Kloza.
“We’re looking at epic, epic margins for U.S. refiners right now. Of all the different areas of the business, the people that refine the oil into products like diesel, jet fuel, and gasoline, they’re making epic profits,” said Kloza.
“Not because they’re colluding, but because the market is bidding it up," he added.
Ines is a markets reporter covering equities. Follow her on Twitter at @ines_ferre