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15.45 Rumour has it that ratings agency S&P will downgrade the US after markets shut this evening. According to the Financial Times, Barclays said: "To be honest it would not come as a complete surprise as S&P always said that chance of a cut is 50:50. They also said they wanted the US government to cut expenditures by at least 4 trn; they have now cut it just shy of more than 2trn. "So to be consistent and not loose their credibility S&P actually needs to cut the ratings". Separately and unsurprisingly, Bloomberg reports Merkel and Sarkozy's planned phone call will also take place followin...

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