Barron's, America's self-claimed "premier financial magazine," says that crude oil prices will "likely" reach $150 a barrel by spring of 2012, with spikes of up to $170 expected. At that price, Barron's claims that the going rate for a gallon of gas will be within pennies of $4.50 a gallon.
The magazine estimates that rising oil prices will stunt quarterly growth by 1.5 percent in gross domestic product and forecasts that crude oil will stay at or above $150 a barrel for "several months" before we see a slight drop in price. For the record, oil is currently priced at less than $97 a barrel. Are you ready for $4.50 gas?
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