- WHITE PAPERS
Average block cheese prices slightly increased to $2.15 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The previous week's average was $2.14.
Cheese prices stayed at $2.15 Monday through Friday.
Wheat prices came in at $8.39 last week on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, a 4-cent increase from last week's $8.35.
Wheat closed at $8.30 Monday, $8.39 Tuesday, $8.51 Wednesday, $8.47 Thursday and $8.31 Friday.
Gasoline and diesel fuel
Monday's nationwide average for regular unleaded gasoline was $3.70, a 1-cent increase over last week's $3.64, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.
Prices are also up from $3.56 a month ago and remain nearly a dollar higher than last year, when consumers were paying $2.73 at the pump.
Mid-range unleaded is $3.82 for the second week in a row, while today's premium unleaded price is $3.95, a 1-cent increase over last week's $3.94.
The nationwide average for diesel fuel is $3.96 for the second week in a row. Diesel prices were also $3.96 a month ago, but they are almost a dollar higher than this time last year when prices were $2.95.
As last week's Eastern heat wave subsided, natural gas prices declined at market locations across the lower 48 States. The spot price at the Henry Hub decreased 18 cents from $4.64 per million Btu (MMBtu) last Wednesday, July 20, to $4.46 per MMBtu on July 27.
Pizza company stocks
Pizza Hut parent Yum! Brands Inc. dropped again this week, coming in at $52.82, down from $54.37 and $55.12 the last two weeks, respectively. The company hit its 52-week high three weeks ago when shares were $56.72. Yum! traded at a 52-week low of $38.53 in July 2010.
Domino's is on a winning streak, finishing this week at $26.87 and claiming a new 52-week high. It finished almost a dollar higher than last week's $25.91. Shares are also substantially higher over this time last year when the company traded as low as $12.21 in July 2010.
Papa John's dropped for the third week in a row, finishing at $31.21, down from last week's $31.59. The company hit its 52-week high seven weeks ago at $34.12. Papa John's traded at a 52-week low of $22.78 in July 2010.
CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, dropped significantly this week to $38.70 after finishing at $41.32 last week, it's 52-week-high. However, prices are still up over last year when CEC traded as low as $30.44 in August 2010.
Pizza Inn finished at $2.88 for the second week in a row. Its 52-week high was three weeks ago when it finished at $3.26. It traded as low as $1.86 in August 2010.