Nine European Nations Downgraded –

Standard & Poor’s downgraded the sovereign debt of nine European nations on Friday.  France and Austria lost their AAA ratings and were lowered to AA+.  In addition, the sovereign debt was downgraded for Spain, Italy, and Portugal.  Four European nations that still have a AAA rating are Germany. Finland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.  Borrowing costs could rise for the nations that had their sovereign debt downgraded.  U.S. Treasuries rose in trading on Friday and forced yields down to 1.87%.

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Jim Sutliff

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