Moody's is trending as the credit rating agency has weighed in on the fiscal cliff deal. Moody's Investor Services said in a statement that U.S. lawmakers will risk a possible downgrade of the country's "Aaa" credit rating in the coming months if additional steps are not taken to reduce the deficit. While Moody's is encouraging Congress to come up with a plan to lower the deficit, it said it expects lawmakers will take the steps necessary to do so. Moody's had warned in September that it would likely cut its rating by one notch if the budget negotiations failed at the end of 2012.
Standard and Poor's is also speaking out about the budget agreement. S&P said while it would not change its rating based on the deal, it warned that the agreement did little to put the country's finances on "more sustainable footing." S&P lowered its rating on long-term U.S. debt to "AA+" and assigned a negative outlook to it in August 2011. On Wednesday, S&P reaffirmed its opinion of the government, saying, "Washington's governance and policymaking had become less stable, less effective and less predictable. We believe that this characterization still holds."
Starbucks ( SBUX) is another popular search. The coffee chain is set to open its first store in Vietnam next month. Starbucks plans to partner with Hong Kong's Maxim Group to open the store in Ho Chi Minh City, as part of its focus on expanding its presence in Asia. The company opened its first stores in India only months ago, and already has 3,300 in the Asian region. Vietnam marks the company's 12th market across the China and Asia-Pacific region. Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer in the world after Brazil. Starbucks says it already buys arabica coffee from Vietnam and plans to source more from the country.
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