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BBC World Service

France's credit rating downgraded by Moody's

by Jeremy Hobson and Jeff Horwich Nov 20, 2012
Europe's second largest economy, France, has just had its AAA credit rating downgraded by the rating agency Moody's.

U.S.'s credit rating cut defies dire predictions

by Mark Garrison Aug 2, 2012
A year after Standard & Poor’s cut the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, interest rates are lower than ever. Who made the right -- and wrong -- predictions?
BBC World Service

Germany's strength doesn't protect from Moody's downgrade

by Marketplace Contributor Jul 24, 2012
Moody's Investors Service has lowered the outlook for the credit ratings of three of Europe's strongest economies: Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Germany. It's part of a busy day in Europe that has investors on-edge -- markets there are barely moving.

Moody's downgrades 15 major banks

by Stephen Beard Jun 22, 2012
The credit rating agency Moody's slashed the ratings of 15 of the world's biggest financial institutions, including Citigroup and Bank of America here in the U.S. and Barclays and Credit Suisse in Europe.

Moody's cuts ratings of major international banks

by Marketplace Contributor Jun 22, 2012
Moody's has downgraded the credit ratings of 15 banks in Europe and North America -- that continues to rattle markets in Asia and Europe today so far.
Codebreaker

Sony: Downgraded, down-hearted... but also down with Dick Tracy.

by Jeff Horwich Feb 9, 2012
The long-time king of consumer electronics is listing like the Costa Concordia. The foreign CEO who was supposed to right the ship is gone; today, S&P downgrades its debt into the BBB’s. Ouchy. The company known for innovation and quality…
European Debt Crisis

S&P downgrades France and Austria from AAA rating

by Stephen Beard Jan 16, 2012
Right after Wall Street closed on Friday, the ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded the credit ratings of nine European countries. France and Austria lost their prized AAA credit ratings.

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European Debt Crisis

What the S&P downgrades mean for Europe

by Stephen Beard and Tess Vigeland Jan 16, 2012
Europe correspondent Stephen Beard discusses why the European markets remained pretty steady despite the credit downgrades of several European countries, and why we ought to worry about the Greek debt talks collapsing.
Standard & Poor's downgraded the credit ratings of France, Italy and other European nations. But the markets remained steady. Why?
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Do the ratings agencies need a downgrade?

by Gregory Warner Dec 8, 2011
Europe and the U.S. are both exploring new options for judging the value of debt after increasing threats of downgrade from agencies like S&P and Moody's.
Final Note

Eurozone on watch for S&P downgrade

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 5, 2011
But it could be a good thing for the debt crisis there.