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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
ROME - Agence France-Presse
An Italian prosecutor filed charges of market manipulation against Standard & Poor's and Fitch ratings agencies yesterday over downgrades of Italy's credit rating that helped fuel the euro debt crisis.
"We have filed charges against Standard & Poor's and Fitch," said Prosecutor Michele Ruggiero, who filed charges against seven people, five of whom worked at Standard & Poor's, while two worked at Fitch at the time of the alleged crime.
Fitch upgraded Turkey to investment level last week, giving a boom to the markets, in a move appreciated by Turkish officials.
Turkey is two notches behind the investment level in the Standard & Poor's listing.
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