The recent jump in energy prices has stirred fears of inflation and higher interest rates, but some economists still think both inflation and rates are headed lower this year.

The usual spring bump in gasoline prices at the pump, always a jolt to consumers, has been magnified by efforts of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to curtail production. Gas prices were up 3.5% in March.

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