S&P cuts Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae after U.S. downgrade

NEW YORK Mon Aug 8, 2011 10:35am EDT

A sign in front of the Fannie Mae headquarters is photographed in Washington February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Molly Riley

A sign in front of the Fannie Mae headquarters is photographed in Washington February 11, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Molly Riley

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's cut Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB) and Fannie Mae's (FNMA.OB) long-term ratings one notch on Monday.

S&P said the downgrades from the top-notch Triple-A were due to its lowering of the U.S. sovereign credit rating late on Friday.

"The downgrades of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reflect their direct reliance on the U.S. government," the rating agency said.

(Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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