Correction: Argentina debt story

Associated Press Modified: November 29, 2012 at 11:25 am •  Published: November 29, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 27 about a downgrade of the government-issued debt of Argentina by Fitch Ratings, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a downgrade to "CC" from "B'' represented five notches on Fitch's scale. It represents three notches.

A corrected version of the story appears below.

NEW YORK (AP) — The credit rating agency Fitch Ratings on Tuesday downgraded Argentina, which is locked in a court battle in New York over its debt, and said the country would probably default.

Fitch cut its long-term rating for Argentina to "CC" from "B," a downgrade of three notches, and cut its short-term rating to "C'' from "B." A rating of "C'' is one step above default.

U.S. judge Thomas Griesa of Manhattan federal court last week ordered Argentina to set aside $1.3 billion for certain investors in its bonds by Dec. 15, even as Argentina pursues appeals.

Those investors don't want to go along with a debt restructuring that followed an Argentine default in 2002. If Argentina is forced to pay in full, other holders of debt totaling more than $11 billion are expected to demand immediate payment as well.

Argentine politicians, even those opposed to President Cristina Fernandez, have nearly unanimously criticized the judge's ruling as threatening the success of the debt relief that enabled Argentina to grow again.

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