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Standard & Poor’s said the deal does not affect its negative view of the U.S. credit outlook, and said more work remains ahead for policymakers.

The last minute deal passed on Tuesday to avert potentially devastating tax hikes and spending cuts clarifies the medium-term deficit and debt trajectory of the federal government, Moody’s said in a statement.

However, it does not provide a basis for meaningful improvement in the government’s debt ratios over the medium-term, Moody’s said.

“Our ratings stance is to wait and see what the outcome of all of this is in the next few months, before we make any decision on the rating outlook or the rating itself,” Steven Hess, lead U.S. sovereign credit analyst at Moody’s told Reuters.

“It is an important step, but it is the first step,” he said.

Lowering the U.S. budget deficits and setting them on a long-term, downward trajectory is needed…

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