Andrew Colquhoun, Head of Asia-Pacific Sovereigns at Fitch Ratings, says the justification to delay the sales tax hike was an "eyebrow raiser" and discusses the possibility of downgrading Japan's credit rating next year.» Read More
Chris Konstantinos, Director of International Portfolio Management at Riverfront Investment Group, explains why he's still bullish on Japanese equities despite Moody's downgrade.
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25- South Africa's power utility Eskom said on Tuesday it needs a substantial injection of funds to ease a cash crunch and to avoid another credit downgrade as it struggles to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy. Eskom supplies virtually all power to South Africa. The government said last month it would inject 20 billion rand of...
NEW YORK, Nov 17- Actavis will issue around US $27.5 bn of new debt to finance its US $66 bn acquisition of Botox-maker Allergan, but about half of it will be short-dated to help the company keep its investment-grade ratings. Both Moody's and Fitch said they would not downgrade Actavis to junk despite the increased debt, believing strong cash flow will enable it to...
*Ratings downgrades hit bonds and credit default swaps. LONDON, Oct 24- Investors demanded higher yields to hold Tesco's debt on Friday while the cost of insuring against default rose sharply after ratings downgrades left Britain's biggest grocer hovering just above junk status. "The ratings remain on review for downgrade because Tesco has not yet announced...
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.
*Portugal Telecom considering lawsuit targeting BES. LISBON, July 17- Banco Espirito Santo could be sued over a loan that one of its founding family's holding companies failed to repay to Portugal Telecom, sources said on Thursday, as credit rating agencies downgraded the bank and its key shareholder.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico July 10- Puerto Rico's top finance officials said on Thursday that the U.S. commonwealth will step up efforts to explain a new restructuring law to investors after a series of ratings downgrades and a rout in the island's bonds effectively shut it out of markets.
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.