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WireTap 0900 14/02/12

A round-up of the key stories across the specialist financial media, including news that Moody's has put the UK, France and Austria on negative outlook

Moody’s threatens to downgrade UK 

Moody’s put the UK, France and Austria on negative outlook late on Monday night, raising the prospect that the three countries would lose their AAA ratings due to exposure to the eurozone debt crisis. 

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Boos, and backers, for Volcker rule 

Foreign governments and financial-industry giants lined up on Monday to throw one last roundhouse punch at a proposed rule that aims to limit risk-taking by US banks.

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Bank of Japan acts to spur growth 

The Bank of Japan has delivered a two-pronged attack on weak economic growth and a stubbornly high yen in response to political pressure.

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World's first yuan-denominated gold ETF makes weak debut 

The world's first yuan-denominated gold exchange-traded fund (ETF) made a weak debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Tuesday, but analysts said demand would likely pick up as investors became more familiar with the product.

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Carlsberg looks for acquisitions in Asia

Carlsberg, the world’s fourth-biggest brewer, is seeking acquisition opportunities in Asia, including China, amid slowing growth in Europe. 

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