EARLY FALL: Oil slipped early in the day as China moved to cool off its booming economy. It dropped further after Standard & Poor's lowered its long-term outlook for U.S. debt.
HOLDING PATTERN: The recent surge in oil appears to have slowed. Benchmark crude has settled below $110 per barrel for a week as experts worry about the effect of high energy prices on the world economy. The moves by China and S&P added to those concerns.
PUMPED UP: The drop in oil so far hasn't stopped an increase in retail gasoline prices. The national average at the pump hit $3.83 per gallon Monday. It's higher than $4 per gallon in New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Hawaii, Alaska and Washington, D.C.