BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Stocks have been on a remarkable ascent since the "world is ending" bottom in March 2009. (The S&P 500 Index is up about 80%.)Investors have become more optimistic and willing to assume higher risk. However, many are still waiting for signs of economic stability, what with elevated unemployment, the down-and-out housing market and woes in Europe and Japan. Today's news that Standard & Poor's put U.S. sovereign debt's AAA rating, the highest, on a "negative" outlook is hammering stocks, with the S&P 500 down almost 2%.
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