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Wheat prices tumbled last week on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, after a few weeks of steady averages. Gas prices also continued to fall and are expected by many analysts to reach a 3-year low by year's end.
Cheese prices continued to rise last week on the Chicago Mercantile, averaging $1.88, up from $1.85 the week prior. Cheese averaged $1.76 a month ago.
Prices closed at $1.87 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, $1.89 Thursday and $1.90 on Friday.
Wheat prices fell more than 20 cents last week on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, averaging $7.31, from $7.52 the week prior.
Prices closed at $7.36 Monday and Tuesday, $7.32 Wednesday, $7.30 Thursday and $7.25 on Friday.
Gasoline and diesel fuel
The nationwide average price for regular unleaded fuel today is $3.25, down from $3.28 last week. According to the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service, prices a month ago were $3.35.
Last year at this time, consumers were paying $3.47 at the pump.
Today's mid-range unleaded is $3.43, down from $3.46 last week. Premium gas is $3.60, from $3.64 last week.
Diesel fuel prices are averaging $3.84, from $3.85 last week. The price of diesel fuel was $3.88 a month ago and $4.03 last year.
Natural gas prices decreased across most of the country over the report week (Oct. 23-Oct. 30). The Henry Hub spot price closed Oct. 30 at $3.55/MMBtu, down about a dime from $3.66/MMBtu at the beginning of the report week.
At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the November contract expired and settled at $3.496/MMBtu on Oct. 29, down 12 cents per MMBtu from the week prior, and the December contract moved into prompt position. The December contract settled at $3.620 Oct. 30, down 11 cents per MMBtu for the report period.
Pizza company stocks
Shares of Pizza Hut parent Yum! Brands Inc. closed last week at $67.62, up from $66 the week prior when its Q3 earnings report missed expectations. The company's 52-week low was in early February at $59.68. The company hit a new 52-week high of $75.13 in August.
Domino's finished last week at $67.06, down slightly from $67.39 the week prior. DPZ hit a 52-week high in early October, at $69.92. Its 52-week low was $38.98 a year ago.
Papa John's finished Friday at $75.67, up 3 cents from the week prior. The company hit a new 52-week high earlier in the week at $77.69. The company hit its 52-week low of $46.42 a year ago.
CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, closed out last week at $46.35, a slight drop from $46.57 the week prior. The company hit a fresh 52-week high in October at $47.78. Its low was a year ago at $28.95.
Pizza Inn closed out last week at $8.19, a drop from $8.69 the week prior. The company's 52-week high was $9.18 in May. It traded as low as $2.53 a year ago.
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