I think we're going to see a significant and rapid drop in gasoline prices over the next few weeks based on a number of factors: The Saudis have increased production, and it's not just a token amount this time. I believe we will also see speculators taken out of the oil futures market by new rules limiting such actions. It seems that the OPEC countries are finally recognizing that consumers are changing their habits and those change may become permanent, a move that will drive oil consumption/prices down, long term. Just as high fuel prices have paralyzed consumers and shaken their confidence, a major drop in prices will have the opposite effect. I've long observed an uncanilly strong correlation between my previous month's retail sales and the next Consumer Price Index report. Lately, the CPI has travelled in just one direction--down--but that is about to change in a very positive way. Be ready.