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  • Nikkei to breach 18,000: Expert

    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.

  • Moody's: Why we downgraded Japan

    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.

  • Not concerned about Japan downgrade: Pro

    Chris Konstantinos, Director of International Portfolio Management at Riverfront Investment Group, explains why he's still bullish on Japanese equities despite Moody's downgrade.

  • Protestor Francisco Sobrero holds a sign that translates as 'Vultures! Don't take our pound of meat' outside the office building of mediator Daniel Pollack July 30, 2014 in New York.

    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.

  • The Bridge Street Bridge, Passaic River and Newark skyline are seen from Harrison, New Jersey.

    S&P could downgrade New Jersey again because of budgetary imbalance and underfunded pensions, putting it among the three worst-rated states.

  • Moody's downgrades Chicago amid pension crisis

    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.

  • Sony sunk by Moody's junk rating?

    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.

  • Problems in Puerto Rico: Debt crisis looms

    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.

  • Should Puerto Rico be allowed to borrow?

    Puerto Rico is under pressure from ratings agencies to prove they can borrow money or face a downgrade, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • Chinese credit rating agency downgrades US

    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: Treasurys & kicking the can

    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.

  • What's the whole story on the debt debate?

    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.

  • Will US debt get a downgrade?

    Marie Cavanaugh, S&P lead U.S. sovereign rating analyst, discusses the likelihood of downgrading Uncle Sam's credit rating.

  • Why US debt was downgraded two years ago

    John Chambers, Standard and Poor's, discusses how political wrangling prompted the credit agency to downgrade the nation's debt from AAA to AA.

  • US downgrade marks 2nd anniversary

    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.

  • High-End Smartphones.... Boom or Bust?

    Competition among smartphone makers is heating up and markets are becoming saturated, explains Ramon Llamas, IDC.

  • Could Unrest Prompt Downgrade for South Africa?

    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.

  • Time to Bet Against Microsoft?

    Rick Sherlund, Nomura Securities head of U.S. technology research, has the play on multiple downgrades on the tech giant.

  • China Needs to Float Yuan to Avoid Global Recession: Swan

    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.

  • Why JPMorgan Downgraded China

    Adrian Mowat, JPMorgan Securities, explains his firm bearish stance on three of China's largest sectors and recommends the banks as a short.