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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market will benefit from a recent delay in implementing part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law known as the Volcker Rule, Moody's Investors Service said on Monday. Last month Congress passed legislation giving banks extra time to comply with the rule. The implementation delay until July 2017 will "...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 26- Ratings agency S&P said on Monday it had cut Russia's sovereign credit rating to BB+ or below investment grade with a negative outlook, and said Russia's economic growth prospects have weakened. It could not only harm Russia's image among investors, but also push up its borrowing costs, as many mainstream investment and pension funds have rules...

  • S&P downgrades Russia credit rating to junk Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:27 PM ET

    LONDON— Standard& Poor's rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia's credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook. Russia's economy has been hit hard by the double impact of weaker prices for its energy exports as well as Western sanctions. Standard& Poor's said that Russia's financial system is weakening, limiting room for...

  • LONDON— Standard& Poor's rating agency downgrades Russia credit grade to junk level.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- Long-dated U.S. But that was pretty well priced in, "said Lou Brien, market strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago. Greek election winning party Syriza's demands for a debt restructuring raised the prospect of a stand-off between Athens and other European nations that might lead to Greece exiting the euro grouping, although financial markets were...

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, though the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. While Greece is a relatively small economy that the...

  • *Greece must get bailout extension, discuss reforms with its lenders. BRUSSELS, Jan 26- Europe showed a willingness on Monday to give Athens more time to pay its debts, but little sign that it would yield to a new Greek government's demands for debt forgiveness. Before any talks on more time for Greece to repay its debts can start, Athens must get an extension of its...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after Greek elections Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:53 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday after a victory by the leftist Syriza party in Greece raised concerns about new instability in the euro zone. Last week's larger-than-expected stimulus program announced by the European Central Bank could offset some concerns over Greece.

  • Ocwen calls investor claims "baseless" Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    Jan 26- Mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Group said on Monday a group of investors had no basis for claiming it failed to live up to its agreements to collect payments on $82 billion worth of home loans. Ocwen's shares were up 47 percent in premarket trading after the company reached a $2.5 million settlement with the California Department of Business...

  • US STOCKS-Futures drop on concerns over Europe Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 AM ET

    *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco to merge. NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday after a victory by the leftist Syriza party in Greece raised concerns about new instability in the euro zone. *The party looked set to take on Greece's international lenders, with leader Alexis Tsipras pledging to end five years of austerity and renegotiate Greece's...

  • EU open to Greek debt extension, not forgiveness Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 5:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Jan 26- Europe showed a willingness on Monday to give Athens more time to pay back its debts, but little sign that it would yield to a new Greek government's demands of debt forgiveness. European Union leaders and policymakers responded to Greek anti-bailout party Syriza's election victory on Sunday with warnings that a debt restructuring for Greece...

  • While a fall of 5 percent would be quite large in major European stock markets, it is not exceptional in Athens, where six one-day drops of at least that much have been recorded since mid-October. "The expectation that there will be a government formed today and we will avoid a second round of elections should provide support," said Constantine Morianos, CEO of...

  • European stock index futures fall after Greek vote Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:04 AM ET

    PARIS, Jan 26- European stock index futures fell early on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election. At 0702 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were down 0.6-1.0 percent. The euro sank to an 11- year low of $1.1098 on the vote outcome, before recovering to...

  • U.S. stocks eked out tiny gains on Monday after spending much of the day drifting sideways. Traders welcomed news of several corporate mergers, including an $11 billion deal between reinsurers Axis Capital Holdings and PartnerRe. "Greece was the big driver," said Chris Gaffney, a senior market strategist at EverBank Wealth Management.

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Japanese government bonds were mixed on Monday in thin trading as short-dated bond prices gained on firmness in Treasuries and European bonds, while longer-dated bonds slipped as recent volatility in the sector sapped demand. Five- to 10- year bonds traded firmer, also in anticipation that the Bank of Japan would conduct a JGB purchasing...

  • *Greece vote results stokes fresh concerns of instability in Europe. TOKYO, Jan 26- The euro skidded to near an 11- year low and U.S. stock futures fell on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. Syriza leader Alexis...

  • Jan 23- Moody's Investors Service slashed Atlantic City's credit rating six notches deeper into junk territory on Friday, a day after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed an emergency manager with a mandate to consider a debt restructuring. Atlantic City has about $344 million of long-term debt outstanding. The order from Christie to consider a...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bond yields dropped to record lows, a day after the European Central Bank said it would launch new stimulus in an effort to boost sagging regional growth and stave off deflation. "We're trading higher in sympathy with what's going on in Europe," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Wall Street is looking at Atlantic City's financial future and doesn't like what it sees. Moody's Investors Service on Friday lowered Atlantic City's bond rating by six steps, from Ba1 to Caa1, which is deep into junk territory. Chris Christie appointed corporate turnaround specialist Kevin Lavin as the city's emergency manager, and Kevyn...

  • Euro zone bond yields hit new record lows after the European Central Bank unveiled its QE programme- just what the doctor, or at least ECB chief Mario Draghi, ordered. While the composition of a new coalition government may not be quickly known, the prospect of a strong showing for the far-left Syriza party raises the spectre of a clash between Athens on the one hand...