Markets wobble as Moody's puts UK AAA rating in jeopardy

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Markets have slipped into the red in early trading as Moody's negative outlook for the UK's AAA credit rating weighed on sentiment.

The UK's prestigious triple-A rating has been put on negative watch by the ratings agency, meaning there is a one in three chance it will be cut in the next 18 months. The loss of the rating would be a bitter blow for Chancellor George Osborne, who has maintained it is the coalition's efforts to tackle the country's debt which has kept the UK's financial reputation intact. However, this morning it spooked markets, with the FTSE 100 down 0.25% or 15 points, at 5,891, by 9am. Cyclical stocks paid the price in early trading, in particular resource stocks which relinquished some of the...

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