SINGAPORE, May 12- Noble Group finalised $3 billion in bank credit facilities, a crucial move for Asia's biggest commodity trader to refinance all of its debt for this year after being whacked by credit rating downgrades. "The group's focus on liquidity limited the trading opportunities of our businesses during the quarter, particularly oil liquids and gas and... » Read More
S&P cut Italy's credit rating to one notch above junk, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge debt pile.
Despite uncertainty over upcoming elections and a slow economic recovery, Jonathan Pain, Author of "The Pain Report" and Director of JP Consulting, says the stock market will go higher.
Thomas Byrne, SVP, Regional Credit Officer, Sovereign Risk Unit at Moody's, identifies the delay in the consumption tax and doubts over Abe's growth revival strategy as reasons for the agency's downgrade.
Chris Konstantinos, Director of International Portfolio Management at Riverfront Investment Group, explains why he's still bullish on Japanese equities despite Moody's downgrade.
Usually a sovereign default is negative for a country's markets, but Argentina's markets have rallied to 20-year highs despite the overhanging threat.
S&P could downgrade New Jersey again because of budgetary imbalance and underfunded pensions, putting it among the three worst-rated states.
CNBC's Rick Santelli and Jack Dorer, Moody's Investors Service analyst, discuss the move by Moody's to downgrade Chicago's credit rating to just above junk bond status citing the city's unfunded pension liabilities.
Atul Goyal, Senior Analyst at Jefferies, says Moody's downgrade of Sony won't affect the company's ability to raise debt, but it could impact its profitable insurance business.
Puerto Rico Treasury Secretary Melba Acosta, and PR Government Development Bank Chairman David Chafey, discuss the pressure Puerto Rico is under from ratings agencies to borrow from markets over concerns of short-term liquidity needs. Puerto Rico has $70 billion in debt plus unfunded liabilities of $30 billion.
Puerto Rico is under pressure from ratings agencies to prove they can borrow money or face a downgrade, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
The Xinhua news agency in China says U.S. politicians have done "nothing substantial but postponed once again the final bankruptcy of global confidence in the U.S. financial system." CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports a credit ratings agency in China downgraded the U.S. to A- from A.
Bill Gross, Pimco founder and co-CIO, discusses debt, default and dysfunction in D.C. He says ratings services make news but seldom break new ground.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera compares what happened to the stock markets after the last downgrade of U.S. debt and what happened to Italian stocks.
Marie Cavanaugh, S&P lead U.S. sovereign rating analyst, discusses the likelihood of downgrading Uncle Sam's credit rating.
John Chambers, Standard and Poor's, discusses how political wrangling prompted the credit agency to downgrade the nation's debt from AAA to AA.
CNBC's Eamon Javers takes a look at the impact of the S&P cutting the U.S. debt rating two year ago as a series of political battles looms in September.
Competition among smartphone makers is heating up and markets are becoming saturated, explains Ramon Llamas, IDC.
Peter Attard Montalto, emerging market economist at Nomura International, talks about the South African mining sector, the potential rise of further union unrest and the impact it would have on the country's economy.
Rick Sherlund, Nomura Securities head of U.S. technology research, has the play on multiple downgrades on the tech giant.
The global ratings agency cut China's long-term local currency credit rating to A-plus from AA-minus on Tuesday with a stable outlook, citing financial risks from rapid credit expansion alongside the rise of shadow banking activity.