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DBRS- US AAA rating stable, cites flexibility to deal with shocks

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NEW YORK, Oct 11 (Reuters) - DBRS reaffirmed the UnitedStates' top AAA credit rating and stable outlook on Thursday,saying the economy remains highly productive and is flexibleenough to respond to external shocks.

The ratings agency acknowledged that U.S. efforts to boostgrowth since the financial crisis have increased the U.S. debtburden. But it said the size of the economy, which accounts for21.7 percent of global output, and the dollar's role as reservecurrency, which allows the government to finance its debtcheaply, were important advantages.

"These attributes give the U.S. Treasury a high capacity toservice debt, even during periods of investor risk aversion,"the agency said in a statement.

(Reporting by Steven C. Johnson; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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