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Global Markets Update: European Markets Weakened by Downgrade Concerns

Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

Markets are mostly down across Europe, weakened by reports of euro zone country downgrades by S&P. France & Austria ratings are expected to be downgraded a notch, from AAA. Ratings cuts do not include Germany, according to Reuters. The euro vs. dollar is at its lowest level since August 2010. And Greek negotiators are less optimistic about avoiding a default. With James Bianco, Bianco Research, and Jacques Cailloux, RBS.