Euro terus tertekan utang Yunani
Selasa, 23/03/2010 16:01:01 WIBOleh: M. Rochmad Purboyo
BERLIN (AP): Nilai tukar euro pada perdagangan pagi diperdagangkan sedikit lebih rendah terhadap dolar di tengah kebuntuan mengenai upaya Eropa akan mengatasi krisis anggaran Yunani.
Nilai tukar mata uang yang digunakan 16 negara tersebut terdepresiasi menjadi US$1,3507 pada perdagangan Selasa pagi di Eropa. Euro sempat mencapai level US$1,3545 di New York malam sebelumnya. Namun, euro tidak mencapai level di bawah US$1,35 seperti yang terjadi pada sesi perdagangan Senin.
Menjelang pertemuan Uni Eropa pekan ini, keengganan Jerman untuk memberikan bailout untuk Yunani dapat membuat Yunani beralih meminta bantuan keuangan pada IMF (Dana Moneter Internasional).
Nilai tukar poundsterling juga melemah dari level US$1,5091 menjadi US$1,5007 pada hari Selasa. Sementara itu, nilai dolar menguat terhadap yen Jepang dari 90,13 menjadi 90,20. (t02/mrp)
Euro, Stocks, Commodities Fall on Greece, Portugal Debt Concern
By Stuart Wallace
March 24 (Bloomberg) — The euro slid to a 10-month low against the dollar, while stocks, commodities and Treasuries also retreated, as concern grew that Greece may default and Portugal’s debt was downgraded by Fitch Ratings.
The euro weakened against 15 of its 16 most-traded peers at 11:57 a.m. in New York. The MSCI World Index of stocks in 23 developed nations slid 0.9 percent and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 0.4 percent, retreating from an 18-month high. The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index of commodities fell to a five-week low as oil slid 1.6 percent, copper dropped 0.9 percent and lead tumbled 3.5 percent. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose 8 basis points to a one-month high of 3.77 percent.
France and Germany are nearing agreement on International Monetary Fund involvement in any aid package for Greece, according to a finance ministry official in Berlin, spurring concern the European Union can’t rescue the nation itself. The Portugal downgrade heightened concern that more European nations will struggle to fund swelling deficits.
Greece “is going to default at some point,” and Europe’s failure to answer that challenge will hurt the common currency, UBS Investment Bank’s London-based deputy head of global economics, Paul Donovan, said in an interview on Bloomberg Radio. “If Europe can’t solve a small problem like this, how on earth is it going to solve the larger problem, which is the euro doesn’t work,” he said.
Economic Data Overshadowed
The S&P 500 fell for the first time in three days after closing at the highest level since September 2008 yesterday. Concern over Portugal and Greece overshadowed a third straight monthly increase in orders for durable goods, a sign the manufacturing rebound will keep propelling the U.S. recovery. European reports showed that the region’s services and manufacturing grew at the fastest pace since August 2007 and German business confidence increased.
The euro declined as much as 1.3 percent to $1.3329, the lowest level since May 2009. The Swiss franc erased gains after earlier trading near a record high versus the euro on speculation the nation’s central bank is becoming less resistant to currency gains. The dollar strengthened against 15 of 16 major counterparts, led by a 1.6 percent gain against the Japanese yen.
Copper fell for a second day and lead posted a fifth retreat on the London Metal Exchange as the stronger dollar increased costs for investors holding other currencies. Gold dropped 1.3 percent to $1,090.60 an ounce. Crude oil slid 1.6 percent to $80.58 a barrel after a government report showed a bigger-than-forecast increase in U.S. supplies.
Treasuries fell before a record-tying $42 billion auction of five-year notes. The five-year note’s yield rose to a two- month high of 2.5 percent after yesterday’s auction of two-year debt drew the lowest demand since December. The 10-year U.S. swap spread was negative for a second day.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slipped 0.1 percent. While most European stock gauges declined, Greece’s ASE Index rose 0.8 percent. Portugal’s PSI-20 Index slumped 1.3 percent, the most in a month. Commerzbank AG climbed 2.7 percent in Frankfurt after Chief Financial Officer Eric Strutz said in an interview that Germany’s second-largest bank expects to post a pretax profit in the first quarter.
Five stocks advanced for every four that dropped in the MSCI Asia Pacific Index, which fell 0.2 percent. Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest memory-chip maker, gained 1.2 percent in Seoul after chip prices jumped. Nintendo Co. surged 8.7 percent in Osaka after saying it will sell a 3-D version of its DS handheld player.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index was little changed. Brazil’s Bovespa stock index fluctuated between gains and losses as Petroleo Brasileiro SA rallied, offsetting a drop in banks on concern the global recovery will be slowed by nations struggling with deficits.