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July 1, 2022, 4:43 p.m. EDT

What’s ahead for the stock market after that brutal first half of 2022 and believe it or not, gas prices have been edging down ahead of Fourth of July — here’s why

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By Andrew Keshner

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Believe it or not, gas prices have been edging down ahead of Fourth of July — here’s why

National gas price averages have been dropping since mid-June, AAA data says Read More

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