Uh, given that oil prices are bought on 90 day contracts generally, and that it takes time/effort/money to transport crude into usable gasoline, and that independent gas station owners usually only make a penny or two per gallon....
....no, no, prices at the pump have very little to do with daily fluctuations in oil prices, the stock market, or gold.
Only a 1 - 2 cent markup on gas you say?
My arse. The gas station owner I know (he has about 10 stations) says it is in reality about .30 a gallon, and no they do not change the prices when they buy the new fuel, they change the prices with the price of oil. When oil goes up, prices rise... FAST, when the price of oil drops gas prices lower slowly. Why slowly? There is always a chance oil might go up, and pump prices are set taking into account the worst case scenario.
Plus you miss the main thrust of my post... There were no market indicators to suggest gas should go up... NONE! Save for the fact that financial stocks took a beating. I wonder where oil companies invest their spare dollars... financials maybe?
There is no oil conspiracy LF... they are just downright f-ing dirty bags of poo. Besides it cannot be a conspiracy if it takes place right in front of your face.