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Global Markets Update: European Stocks Flat After Moody's Slashes Ratings

Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 5:10 AM ET

US futures point to Wall Street opening lower today despite a strong day yesterday. European shares are flat on Tuesday after rating agency Moody's put the United Kingdom's triple-A rating in jeopardy for the first time and warned it may cut France and Austria as well, while downgrading six euro zone nations including Spain and Italy. Asian shares also fell, reminding investors that Europe is still deeply mired in a debt crisis despite Athens' steps to avoid a disorderly default.