Credit Downgrades


  • CNBC's Kelly Evans reports European stocks are on track for their biggest weekly decline since November, as fear about Greece and Spain grow and Moody's downgrades 16 Spanish banks, including the euro zone's largest bank, Banco Santander.

  • Bankers’ Talks on Curbing Rating Agencies Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 11:49 PM ET

    Up to 20 of Europe’s top banks will on Wednesday discuss a plan to foil the dominance of the much criticized big three credit agencies at a private meeting of finance directors in Frankfurt. The FT reports.

  • Barton Biggs on Market's Rally     Friday, 27 Apr 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    Barton Biggs, Traxis Partners, discusses his outlook on the markets amid Spain's recent downgrade and a lighter-than-expected GDP number.

  • First Horizon CEO on Upside Potential     Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 6:45 PM ET

    Bryan Jordan, First Horizon National CEO, discusses today's downgrade by Morgan Stanley and the outlook for his regional bank, with Mad Money's Jim Cramer.

  • S&P Warns Japan on Debt, Affirms AA- Rating Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    Standard & Poor's warned on Monday it could lower Japan's sovereign rating if the economy expands less than expected or if public debt continues to grow, as the country's unpopular government struggles to win support for higher taxes.

  • Moody's Bank Review     Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 5:46 PM ET

    What impact will a Moody's downgrade have on banks and capital markets? Brad Hintz, Sanford Bernstein research analyst, provides perspective

  • Amazon, The Laggard: Buy, Sell, or Hold?     Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 5:23 PM ET

    Amazon shares fell 5% on the heels of a Morgan Stanley downgrade. Is this a buying opportunity for investors? The Fast Money crew has the trade on the tech giant.

  • S&P Downgrades Salesforce.com to 'Strong Sell'     Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 12:28 PM ET

    Scott Kessler, S&P Capital IQ, discusses his downdgrade of CRM, saying the company faces greater competitive challenges, and trades at nearly a 20% premium to its peers. Despite the downgrade, Salesforce shares are up 30% year-to-date.

  • Dell Downgrade: Time to Reboot?     Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 12:11 PM ET

    Shaw Wu, Stern Agee defends his downgrade on Dell to "underperform" on limited upside potential, and overexposure in the PC market, explaining the company is "fundamentally challenged," with the Fast Money traders.

  • Greek Turmoil Sparks Selloff     Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    Greek lawmakers continue to rangle over the country's austerity measures. Will recent events inspire investors to get out of the market? David Darst, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and Meg McClellan, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, discuss.

  • Buzzkill: Corning?     Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 5:51 PM ET

    Corning was downgraded to "underweight" at Morgan Stanley because of competition and chronic oversupply. So, what's the trade on the stock? The Fast Money traders, weigh in on that, and Rio Tinto's 51% stake in Invanhoe mines.

  • ETFC: Margin Squeeze on Low Rates     Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 5:44 PM ET

    Rich Repetto, Sandler O'Neill, discusses ETrade's downgrade to "hold" & lowering expectations by 24% in 2012, and the outlook for e-brokers.

  • US, Europe Face More Ratings Cuts in Coming Years Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 7:03 PM ET

    The US is at the top of the list of downgrade candidates because its debt and deficit troubles are unlikely to be resolved with the political infighting in Washington, a new study says.

  • Germany's Debt Downgraded a Notch     Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 5:40 PM ET

    Sean Egan, Egan-Jones Ratings Company president & managing director, discusses Germany's downgrade, amid growing debt and borrowing costs.

  • Mad Money Markets     Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer discusses Europe's strategy to get out of its debt crisis, and why U.S. markets rally, despite EU downgrades.

  • Cruise Disaster Hits Carnival     Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    Will passenger confidence and investor confidence in the cruise industry ever be the same? Joel Simkins, Credit Suisse analyst, discusses the recent downgrades for Carnival and the outlook for industry, in the wake of the Italian cruise ship disaster.

  • S&P Downgrades Euro Zone Rescue Fund by One Notch Monday, 16 Jan 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    Standard & Poor's said Monday it has downgraded the creditworthiness of the euro zone's rescue fund by one notch to AA+, putting the fund's ability to raise cheap bailout money at risk.

  • Most Europe, US Ratings Should Be Lower: Faber Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 4:49 PM ET

    Most of the European countries should be rated triple-C and the U.S. "should not be a "triple-A-minus but a triple-B or junk bond when you really analyze the unfunded liabilities that will come due in future," investor Marc Faber told CNBC Friday.

  • "Looks like a knee-jerk reaction," says one analyst. "People anticipated an event. Once the event hit the news wires, people took profit. It's simply a day trade."

  • Europe Outlook for First Half     Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 6:20 PM ET

    Robin Bew, Chief Economist, The Economist Intelligence Unit says that he is still worried about the periphery of Europe, and believes France is at risk of a credit rating downgrade in the coming months.