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Prices resume push higher

National average rises to $4.075 a gallon after 3 straight days of declines.

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Gas prices have reversed course, heading moderately higher after falling for three consecutive days, according to a daily survey released Friday by motorist group AAA.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose two-tenths of a cent to $4.075 from $4.073 the day before. That's an increase of 7% over last month's national average price and 36% higher than last year.

Retail gas prices had declined over the last few days after hitting an all-time high of $4.080 on Monday.

California has the highest gas prices, with an average per gallon price of $4.609, followed by Alaska at $4.511 and Connecticut at $4.379.

The state with the lowest gas prices is Oklahoma, where a gallon of gas averages $3.836.

The survey also showed the national average price of diesel fell to $4.786 a gallon from $4.791 the day before.

Meanwhile, crude oil prices rose in electronic trading early Friday to around $133 a barrel. Oil prices fell nearly $5 on Thursday after the Chinese government announced plans to raise gas and diesel prices.

Strong demand from China's booming economy has helped support crude prices. The decision to raise gas prices could undercut the developing nation's demand and impact global oil and gas prices.  To top of page

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