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S&P downgrades Greek debt to junk status

By Chavon Sutton, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Standard and Poor's downgraded the sovereign debt ratings for both Greece and Portugal on Tuesday, citing weak "macroeconomic structures," with the Greek debt lowered to junk status.

Greece's long-term sovereign debt rating was reduced to a rating of "BB+" from "BBB+." The short-term rating was lowered to "B" from "A-2."

It was the second downgrade in as many weeks for the debt-laden nation.

Separately, Portugal's rating was reduced to "A-" from "A+," which is still considered investment grade.

The downgrades came after Greece last week announced it would finally tap a European Union-International Monetary Fund sponsored $53 billion bailout plan.

The news sent U.S. stock markets down sharply, as investor fears of a debt crisis contagion in Europe spread.  To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 18,502.99 107.59 0.58%
Nasdaq 5,232.33 13.41 0.26%
S&P 500 2,180.38 11.34 0.52%
Treasuries 1.57 -0.07 -4.22%
Data as of 8:22pm ET
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Micron Technology In... 16.91 0.40 2.42%
Apple Inc 106.82 -0.12 -0.11%
Ford Motor Co 12.47 0.09 0.73%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 6.44 0.04 0.63%
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