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RECORD PRICE OF OIL RAISES NEW FEARS
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유가가 16일 기록적 상승을 보임으로써 추수감사절 (11월 하순) 쯤에는 휘발유 가격이 훨씬 비싸질지 모른다는 예측이 나오고 있으며 배럴 당 유가가 백 달러까지 올라갈 날이 멀지 않았다는 우려를 자아내고 있다. 11월 배달분 유가는 배럴 당 1달러 48센트가 올라 $87.61 이라는 새로운 기록적인 가격을 설정했다. 선물시장 가격은 16일 한 때 배럴 당 $88.20까지 올라 갔었다. 이것은 15일 가격에 비해 근 3%나 높은 선이다. 최근 몇 해 동안에는 경제가 에너지 가격의 상승의 영향을 별로 받지 않는 것처럼 보였었다. 그러나 유가가 지금보다 더 올라가면, 이미 주택 시장의 침체로 압박을 받고 있는 경제 성장이 둔화할 가능성이 있다고 우려하는 분석가들도 있다. 이러한 염려가 작용하여 16일 증권 시세는 크게 하락했다. (ⓒ 2007 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2007 usabriefing.net) By JAD MOUAWAD The price of oil jumped to yet another record Tuesday, sparking predictions that motorists would see sharply higher gasoline prices by Thanksgiving -- and fears that $100-a-barrel oil is no longer such a distant prospect. Crude oil for November delivery settled at a new nominal high of $87.61 a barrel, up $1.48. Futures touched $88.20 a barrel during the day Tuesday, after jumping nearly 3 percent on Monday. In recent years the economy has seemed immune to rising energy prices, but some analysts fear that as they spiral higher they will undermine growth, already strained because of the downturn in the housing market. Such concerns contributed to a stock sell-off Tuesday, with broad market indexes closing down about a half-percent. Oil traders, discussing the latest rise, cited a potential conflict on the border between Turkey and Iraq that could heighten Middle East tensions and possibly affect oil supplies from the region. "Markets hate uncertainty," said Lawrence J. Goldstein, an economist at the Energy Policy Research Foundation. "The fundamentals are very supportive of high oil prices. But the latest run-up has nothing to do with market fundamentals, but has to do with fear." Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, oil exports from northern Iraq through Turkey have been sporadic at best because of frequent bombings of Iraq's northern pipeline. But as oil producers worldwide are straining to meet growth in demand, commodity investors are focused on anything that might hurt supplies. Turkey is an important corridor for oil exports from Iraq and the Caspian Sea. The Turkish military has threatened in recent days to cross the Iraqi border to root out Kurdish separatists who have mounted attacks inside Turkey. (ⓒ 2007 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2007 usabriefing.net)
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