How does the US downgraded credit rating compare to major tech companies?

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The United States may have lost its coveted AAA credit rating with Standard & Poor's, but, hey, it's still higher than most tech companies -- but not as good as Microsoft's. That's right, Microsoft is rated AAA and one of the few tech stocks that is.

Friday's stunning downgrade rocked stock markets across the globe today, with tech stocks also taking a hit. But Moody's today reaffirmed the United States' AAA rating, offering relief that could help mollify investors' fears, which are exacerbated by continued debt crises in Europe.

I took a quick look at major tech companies' S&P ratings and was surprised how low some of them are -- well relative to the United States' new AA+. Even Google has lower rating than the Federal government. My quick list:

Adobe. Long long term: BBB+. Foreign long term: BBB+.

AMD. Local long term: B+ Foreign long term: B+.

Cisco. Local long term: A+. Foreign long term: A+.

Dell. Local long term: A- Foreign long term: A-.

Google. Local long term: AA-. Foreign long term: AA-.

HP. Local long term: A. Foreign long term: A.

IBM. Local long term: A+. Foreign long term: A+.

Intel. Local long term: A+. Foreign long term: A+.

Microsoft. Local long term: AAA. Foreign long term: AAA.

Oracle. Local long term: A. Foreign long term: A.

Texas Instruments. Local long term: A+. Foreign long term: A+.

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