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Harga Komoditas Berjatuhan Karena Kekhawatiran Resesi Ekonomi
Jum’at, 05 Agustus 2011 | 07:08 WIB

TEMPO Interaktif, New York – Harga minyak mentah jatuh 5,8 persen ke level terendahnya sejak pertengahan Februari lalu terimbas kejatuhan bursa saham karena prospek permintaannya akan menurun.

Penurunan harga minyak juga dipicu oleh naiknya dolar Amerika Serikat (AS) yang membuat harga minyak semakin mahal dan menurunkan daya beli investor asing.

Pada perdagangan Kamis, 4 Agustus 2011, harga minyak untuk antaran bulan September merosot US$ 5,3 menjadi US$ 86,63 per barel melanjutkan penurunannya dalam lima hari perdagangan. Kejatuhan ini merupakan yang terbesar sejak 5 Mei lalu. Minyak melemah ke level terendahnya dalam lima pekan terakhir dan telah turun 11 persen hingga Kamis kemarin.

Harga gas alam untuk kontrak bulan September juga merosot 15 sen (3,6 persen) ke level US$ 3,94 persen per mBtu.

Anjloknya harga saham di bursa membuat para investor melepas posisinya karena terkena margin call pada portofolionya, kata analis.

Demikian pula dengan logam juga terpukul oleh kejatuhan bursa. Harga emas untuk antaran bulan September tergelincir US$ 7,3 (0,4 persen) menjadi US$ 1.659 per troy ounce di bursa Komoditas New York semalam. Sebelumnya emas sempat mencapai rekor tertingginya hingga ke US$ 1.684,9 per ounce dan turun hingga ke US$ 1.4642,2 per ounce menurut data FactSet Research. Harga emas pada hari Rabu lalu ditutup pada level tertinggi di US$ 1.660,3, naik US$ 54 (3,4 persen) sejak 25 Juli.

Harga perak juga terkoreksi cukup tajam US$ 2,33 (5,6 persen) menjadi US$ 39,43 per ounce. Sedangkan harga tembaga juga turun 9 sen (2,1 persen) menjadi US$ 4,23 per pound. Dan untuk platinum turun US$ 55,6 (3,1 persen) menjadi US$ 1.729,4 per ounce.

Mata uang dolar AS kembali melanjutkan penguatannya terhadap euro setelah Presiden bank sentral Eropa (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet mengambil langkah–langkah yang menyiratkan kekhawatiran bahwa krisis utang kawasan akan menyebar ke negara yang perekonomiannya lebih besar dan ke pasar obligasi.

Mata uang euro langsung melemah ke US$ 1,414 dari posisi sebelum pernyataan Trichet yaitu, US$ 1,4225 dan dari penutupan Rabu lalu di US$ 1,4318. Bahkan, pagi ini di pasar Asia euro ditransaksikan di level US$ 1,4087.

Terhadap yen, dolar sempat menguat hingga ke level tertinggi 80,23 per dolar AS setelah bank sentral Jepang (BoJ) mengatakan masuk ke pasar dibandingkan dari posisi sebelumnya 77,04 per dolar AS. Pagi ini dolar kembali menguat 0,14 persen ke level 78,994 per dolar AS.

Hal ini membuat indeks dolar AS terhadap enam mata uang rival utamanya melambung 1,08 poin (1,46 persen) ke level 75,124.

VIVA B. KUSNANDAR
Oil falls to lowest level in 6 months
By Chris Kahn, Associated Press
Updated 3h 50m ago

Crude prices tumbled nearly 6 percent Thursday, outpacing a broad sell-off on Wall Street, where major indexes were down more than 4 percent.

This should be good news for motorists. If oil holds at these lower levels, the drop could be felt within days at gas pumps across America. Fred Rozell, retail pricing director at Oil Price Information Service, said the recent slide in oil could cut between 20 to 35 cents from a gallon of regular over the next month. The national average is currently $3.703 per gallon.

“You could see some sizable declines at the pump,” Rozell said.

Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery fell $5.30, or 5.8 percent, to settle at $86.63 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s the steepest drop since oil took an 8.7 percent tumble on May 5. Oil dropped as low as $86.04 per barrel earlier in the day, its lowest level since February.

Brent crude, used to price many international oil varieties, lost $5.98, or 5.3 percent, to settle at $107.25 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

Thursday’s drop in oil should bring down wholesale gasoline prices almost immediately. That usually is followed by a drop at the pump. Retail station owners, operating on slim profit margins, are reluctant to pass those savings on to consumers, but competition among stations eventually forces their hand.

Earlier in the summer, investors were still holding on to the notion that fuel prices would rise as economies in the U.S. and Europe recovered from the Great Recession. Even a pullback in U.S. gasoline consumption couldn’t push oil back from around $100 per barrel.

A string of disappointing reports on manufacturing and economic growth during the past week, combined with lawmakers squabbling over spending and debt in the U.S. and Europe, has everyone in the mood to sell oil, Rozell said.

Oil has declined for seven straight trading days. It’s down 13 percent since July 26. Prices dropped as the government reported sluggish, 1.3 percent GDP growth in the second quarter, and reports said that manufacturing activity was cooling off in the U.S. and China.

On Thursday a rising dollar also helped pull oil lower. Oil, which is priced in dollars, tends to fall as the dollar rises and makes crude more expensive for investors holding foreign money.

“We’ve come down so far, so fast, that it seems investors are just looking for an excuse to sell,” independent analyst Jim Ritterbusch said.

The dollar rose Thursday after Japan and Switzerland moved to weaken their currencies. The yen and Swiss franc surged recently as investors worried about slowing economies in Europe and the U.S., and sought so-called “safe haven” currencies. As the currencies of those countries strengthened, their goods became more expensive in overseas markets. Switzerland’s central bank took steps Wednesday to curb the value of the franc, while the Japanese did the same for the yen on Thursday.

Energy prices fell across the board on Thursday. The Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report that natural gas held in underground storage grew by 44 billion cubic feet. Analysts had expected an increase of between 34 billion and 38 billion cubic feet. Natural gas plunged after the report, losing nearly 15 cents to settle at $3.941 per 1,000 cubic feet.

In other Nymex trading for September contracts, heating oil fell 12.5 cents to settle at $2.8939 per gallon and gasoline futures gave up 19.41 cents to settle at $2.7372 per gallon.

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