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  • SHANGHAI, Jan 8- The Shanghai Stock Exchange banned individuals from investing in bonds privately issued by small and medium enterprises, the latest in a series of steps to tighten regulatory control of the high-yield, high-risk fixed income market. The SME bond market was launched in early 2012 in order to help develop China's wider bond market and to provide...

  • How to pick junk-bond jewels despite oil's slide Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    For investors nervous about falling oil prices and their effect on junk bonds issued by the energy industry, there are still some jewels amid the junk.

  • Petrobras bondholders to push for default Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 8:59 PM ET

    Petrobras could be declared in technical default if bondholders pursue efforts to force it to speed its assessment of losses in a giant scandal.

  • *Rouble dips after S&P threatens Russia with junk status. *Brent oil drops back to $60 a barrel. Most Asian markets had edged up overnight and Europe was looking to close the Christmas week up 1 percent despite a subdued day on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 2-Rouble stable, but S&P downgrade warning weighs Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 24- Russia's rouble stabilised on Wednesday, as exporters selling foreign currency countered the effect of a ratings agency saying it could downgrade Russia's sovereign debt to' junk' status as soon as next month. Late on Tuesday, Standard and Poor's revised Russia's credit ratings to creditwatch negative from negative, warning a deterioration in...

  • *Kudrin: Russia didn't tackle problems fast enough. *Russia to be downgraded to' junk' status next year. MOSCOW, Dec 22- Russia's government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, as evidence mounted of trouble spreading through the economy.

  • *Kudrin: Russia to be downgraded to' junk' status next year. MOSCOW, Dec 22- Russia's government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, warning the full effects would be felt next year. Kudrin-- a darling of investors who is credited with building Russia's...

  • Investors in beat-up oil bonds lean on banks for rescue Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, Dec 17- Independent oil exploration and production companies are leaning heavily on bank credit lines to survive plunging crude prices, making it a nervous time for U.S. funds holding their junk-rated debt. 'said Francis Bradley III, a Greenberg Traurig attorney in Houston who specializes in energy company financing deals. " U.S. mutual funds hold an...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 13- South Africa's government defended its economic policies on Saturday after credit ratings agencies cited the country's low GDP growth and budget and current account deficits as weaknesses. Ratings agency Fitch maintained South Africa's BBB rating, two notches above junk status, in a review on Friday, but kept its negative outlook and...

  • Low oil hits high-yield bonds  Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    CNBC's David Faber reports on violent movements in some bond funds as concerns surface about possible high-yield contagion.

  • Behind the disconnect between stocks and fundamentals  Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 9:18 PM ET

    Axel Merk, President and Chief Investment Officer at Merk Investments, says markets are disconnected from fundamentals as risk premiums are compressed due to central banks' stimulus injections.

  • Why a stronger dollar may not bite EM bonds Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    Emerging markets may be buffeted by a stronger U.S. dollar and lower commodity prices, but the segment's bonds still look like a good bet, analysts said.

  • LONDON, Dec 8- Italy's borrowing costs rose slightly on Monday after its credit rating was cut nearly to junk though prospects of stimulus from Europe's central bank tempered the increase. Standard& Poor's downgraded Italy's rating to BBB- from BBB late on Friday, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public...

  • Italy: A further downgrade would be a problem  Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    S&P downgraded its rating on Italian debt down to 'BBB -'. Charles Diebel, head of Macro Strategy at Aviva Investors, says that unless there's a further downgrade, Italy doesn't need to worry.

  • Will low oil prices push Venezuela toward default? Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    Falling oil prices have side-swiped Venezuela's government finances, spurring default concerns, but it isn't clear if contagion effects will emerge.

  • ROME, Dec 5- Standard& Poor's cut Italy's sovereign credit rating on Friday from BBB to BBB-, just one notch above junk, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public debt. As recently as June, the agency had confirmed Italy's BBB rating and forecast average growth of 1.0 percent over the three-year period.

  • Near-perfect sell signal says stocks should drop Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 11:09 AM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    How can prices for high-yield bonds be falling and prices for stocks rising, when they’ve traded so reliably in tandem in the past?

  • Refinery and pipeline junk debt outshines Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 9:28 AM ET
    Pipeline construction in Oklahoma

    Not all junk bonds in the U.S. energy sector have come under fire during the rout in oil prices, as investors rotate their holdings across the market.

  • Oil price collapse roils US junk bond funds Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, Dec 2- Collapsing energy prices have hit hard U.S. corporate junk bond funds, putting them on track for their worst performance in six years by squeezing the exploration and drilling companies that have been among most active issuers of high-yield debt. Last week's decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to refrain from...

  • Areva's options narrow in shadow of debt refinancing Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 9:24 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 28- With big bond repayments due in 2016-17 and its credit rating cut to junk last week, France's loss-making nuclear group Areva has a narrow and shrinking window to turn around its business and refinance its pile of debt. With billions of capital destroyed by writedowns on a Finland reactor project and an African uranium mine and its revenue crimped...