Gas prices, on average, were unchanged in the region, with the five-county Philadelphia area recording a price for regular of $2.69 (for the third consecutive day) and South Jersey checking in at $2.46 (for the sixth day).

AAA Mid-Atlantic, which provided the numbers, said the national average was down 1 cent overnight, to $2.58.

The diesel average was down 1 cent in the Philly area (to $3) and in South Jersey ($2.68).

Meanwhile, benchmark crude for February delivery rose $1.67 to $76.07 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Crude also climbed as oil supplies dropped more than analysts were expecting.

In other Nymex trading in January contracts, heating oil rose 5.6 cents to $2.0043 while gasoline gained 6.4 cents to $1.9525. Natural gas fell was flat at cents to $5.716 per 1,000 cubic feet.

In London, Brent crude for February delivery rose $1.18 to $74.64 on the ICE Futures exchange.