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  • MOSCOW, Jan 14- Russia's finance minister called on Wednesday for a cut in planned spending to weather an economic crisis, warning of a more than $45 billion drop in revenues this year if the average oil price is $50 a barrel. Adding to the gloom, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said there was a "pretty high" chance Russia's credit rating would be downgraded to junk...

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The downgrading of Tesco's debt to "junk" status could limit its bargaining power on asset sales as well as symbolising the decline in fortunes of Britain's biggest retailer. That spoiled a day when Tesco's shares had risen as much as 15 percent after the grocer reported Christmas trading that was not as bad as feared and investors welcomed plans...

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The downgrading of Tesco's debt to "junk" status could limit its negotiating power on potential asset sales as Britain's biggest retailer embarks on the long-awaited recovery plan designed to reverse its sliding fortunes. The move marks another fall from grace for Britain's biggest private employer, a staple of British pension funds that was...

  • 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.

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

    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
    Behind the disconnect between stocks and fundamentals

    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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • New junk bond risk: It matters who owns what Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    Add a new concern to the stable of high-yield bond risks: ownership of some companies' issuance has become concentrated with just a few fund managers.

  • Has the junk bond bubble deflated? Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:13 PM ET

    After this month's market gyrations sent high-yield bond prices sharply lower, some analysts believe the air has come out of the market.

  • Balanced approach in volatile markets Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:51 AM ET
    Balanced approach in volatile markets

    Gary Kaminsky of Morgan Stanley, provides his investment approach in unstable market conditions.

  • Who’s afraid of bond defaults? Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 7:25 PM ET

    As yield-chasers move further out the risk spectrum, covenants on loans and bonds have loosened, but it isn't clear whether investors need to worry.

  • Why the strong dollar may sink junk bonds Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 11:14 PM ET

    A simmering mix of a strong dollar and weak commodity prices may brew up trouble for junk bond ETFs with a hefty weighting in materials companies.

  • Pimco declares end to high-yield selloff Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 9:54 PM ET

    High-yield bonds offer compelling valuations and better fundamentals following the selloff since mid-year, Pimco said in a note Thursday.

  • Don't fight the ECB: Is there yield in Europe? Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany

    Even though interest rates in Europe are widely expected to stay in negative territory for a while, some analysts are still finding yield plays.