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18/04/2011 S&P's cut U.S. government's credit outlook from "stable" to "negative"

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S&P Warns of Downgrade to U.S. Credit Rating

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Sharma Says S&P's Process of Rating Debt Is Consistent

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Reynolds Says S&P's Warning on U.S. Rating `Appropriate'

Standard & Poor's is an American financial services company that publishes research and analysis on stocks and commodities. After the Budget Control Act of 2011 took effect, S&P started lowering the US's long-term credit rating. It reached the point where they assigned it a negative outlook, due to fiscal and economic challenges.
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    • Essentials 

    • History 

    • Credit ratings 

    • Short-term issue credit ratings 

    • Governance scores 

    • Management and Governance criteria 

    • Downgrade of U.S. long-term credit rating 

    • Downgrade of France's long-term credit rating 

    • Downgrade of Brazil's sovereign debt rating 

    • Role in the 2007–08 financial crisis 

    • Criticism of sovereign debt ratings 

    • Australian Federal Court decision 

    • Antitrust review