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Moody’s Cuts Portugal Debt Rating

Moody’s Investors Service has issued a two-notch downgrade to the credit rating for Portuguese government debt, fueling concerns that the debt-burdened country will have to seek international aid, according to Financial Times.

Moody’s Investors Service has issued a two-notch downgrade to the credit rating for Portuguese government debt, fueling concerns that the debt-burdened country will have to seek international aid, according to Financial Times. On Tuesday, Moody’s announced that it had lowered its long-term bond rating for Portugal two notches from A1 to A3 on “subdued growth prospects” over the medium term, and the agency also added a negative outlook.

The move comes as Portugal auctions up to €1 billion in one-year bonds on the heels of unveiling a fresh wave of austerity measures aimed and boosting confidence in the country’s ability to meet its financing needs. The government aims to cut the deficit to 4.6% of gross domestic product this year from 7%, before reaching 3% in 2012 and 2% the following year. However, the central bank has forecast that the economy will contract by 1.3% during 2011, marking the second recession in three years.

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