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Phila.-area gas prices unchanged

Let the rains come, but at least the price of gas isn't going anywhere.

Let the rains come, but at least the price of gas isn't going anywhere.

The average for a gallon of regular in the five-county Philadelphia area remained at $2.72 overnight, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

South Jersey's average was still hanging in at $2.51.

The national average remained at $2.63.

The diesel average slipped by 1 cent overnight (to $3.03) in the Philly area, but was unchanged in South Jersey ($2.71) and in the country overall ($2.82).

Meanwhile, oil prices climbed above $73 a barrel, tugged higher mostly by a rising stock market and a falling dollar.

Benchmark crude for January delivery added 67 cents to $73.29 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude for January delivery rose a penny to $75.20 on the ICE Futures exchange.

In other Nymex trading in January contracts, heating oil lost less than a penny to $1.983 a gallon while gasoline lost less than a penny to $1.9225 a gallon. Natural gas gave up 5.7 cents to $5.057 per 1,000 cubic feet.