CHICAGO -- Block cheese prices moved downward last week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, with prices averaging just above $1.13 per pound for the trading week ended June 19, off 2 cents from the previous week.
 
Block cheese prices closed a $1.15 per pound Monday, just above $1.13 per pound Tuesday, $1.13 per pound on Wednesday,  just under $1.13 per pound on Thursday and just under $1.12 per pond on Friday.
 
Prices are off 87 cents, or 44 percent, compared with this time last year, when block cheese averaged $2 per pound.
 
Wheat
 
Wheat for July delivery closed at $6.99 per bushel Friday on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, off 33 cents from the previous Friday's close. Wheat had closed at $7.22 per bushel Monday, just under $7.12 per bushel Tuesday, just above $7.11 per bushel Wednesday and just under $7.07 per bushel on Thursday.
 
Gasoline and diesel fuel
 
The nationwide average for regular unleaded gasoline was $2.69 per gallon June 21, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service, up 3 cents from the previous week.
 
Prices are up 13 percent from an average of $2.39 per gallon a month ago and off 34 percent from an average of $4.07 per gallon this time last year. Mid-range unleaded averaged $2.86 per gallon while premium unleaded stood at $2.96 per gallon.
 
The nationwide average price for diesel fuel stood at $2.63 per gallon June 21, unchanged from last week. Diesel prices are off 45 percent from an average of $4.78 per gallon this time last year.
 
Natural gas
 
Natural gas prices increased across the board last week  at both the spot and futures markets, according to the Energy Information Administration.  Price jumps at spot market locations in the lower 48 states ranged up to $1 per million Btu with an overall average of 53 cents per MMBtu.
 
The price at the Henry Hub spot market rose to $3.99 per MMBtu, increasing by 12 percent from $3.56 per MMBtu  since the previous week.
 
Pizza company stocks
 
Shares in Pizza Hut parent Yum! Brands Inc. closed at $34.48 on June 19, off 53 cents compared with the previous Friday's close of $35.01. YUM traded at a 52-week high of $40.25 in June 2008 and a 52-week low of $21.50 in November 2008.
 
Domino's closed at $7.56, off 33 cents compared with the previous Friday's close of $8.90. Over the past 52 weeks, DPZ has traded as high as $14.20 in June 2008 and as low as $2.61 in November 2008.
 
Papa John's stock closed at $25.15, up 5 cents compared with the previous Friday's close of $25.10. PZZA traded at a 52-week high of $30.68 in September 2008 and a 52-week low of $12.78 in November 2008.
 
Shares in CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, closed at $28.64, off 24 cents compared with the previous Friday's close of $28.88. CEC traded at a 52-week high of $39.59 in August 2008 and a 52-week low of $12.96 in November 2008.
 
California Pizza Kitchen closed at $12.89 on June 19, down 55 cents compared with the previous Friday's close of $13.44. Over the past 52 weeks, CPKI has traded as high as $17.44 in mid-April and as low as $5.24 in November 2008.
 
Pizza Inn closed at $1.84 on June 21, up 14 cents compared with the previous Friday's close of $1.70. PZZI traded at a 52-week high of $2.72 in October 2008 and a 52-week low of 98 cents in April 2009.

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