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  • SEC pushing partial S&P rating suspension: Report Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 4:37 PM ET
    Standard & Poor's headquarters in the financial district of New York.

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing to suspend Standard & Poor's from rating commercial mortgage bonds, according to a report.

  • 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.

  • Nikkei to breach 18,000: Expert  Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 8:14 PM ET

    Despite uncertainty over upcoming elections and a slow economic recovery, Jonathan Pain, Author of "The Pain Report" and Director of JP Consulting, says the stock market will go higher.

  • Moody's: Why we downgraded Japan  Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 8:04 PM ET

    Thomas Byrne, SVP, Regional Credit Officer, Sovereign Risk Unit at Moody's, identifies the delay in the consumption tax and doubts over Abe's growth revival strategy as reasons for the agency's downgrade.

  • Not concerned about Japan downgrade: Pro  Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 7:16 PM ET

    Chris Konstantinos, Director of International Portfolio Management at Riverfront Investment Group, explains why he's still bullish on Japanese equities despite Moody's downgrade.

  • Moody's cuts Amazon outlook to 'negative' Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 12:19 PM ET
    An Amazon.com Inc. employee lifts a box from a conveyor at the company's fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif.

    Moody's cut its outlook on online retailer Amazon to 'negative,' prompted by the online retailer's announcement that it was issuing new debt.

  • Euro zone torpor hits German, French, Italian firms Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    The average company’s credit ratings has fallen in the three biggest euro zone economies over the last year, according to a new report.

  • 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...

  • Behind S&P's 'AA-/A-1+' rating on Japan  Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 6:31 PM ET

    S&P has affirmed its "AA-/A-1+" rating on Japan, but the outlook remains negative. Kim Eng Tan, Senior Director at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, explains the decision.

  • 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...

  • ‘Double trouble’ for Russia; outlook 'darkens' Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Major countries’ credit ratings are under threat from falling oil prices and weaker global economic growth and Russia may be the most vulnerable.

  • *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...

  • S&P: Negative outlook for France's risky reform Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 4:52 PM ET
    Tourists take pictures under the rain in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on August 8, 2014.

    Standard & Poor's cut its outlook for France to negative from stable on Friday, citing concerns about the country's economic recovery.

  • S&P downgrades Finland to AA+ from AAA Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 1:25 PM ET
    S&P downgrades Finland to AA+ from AAA.

    Standard & Poor's downgraded Finland's sovereign debt rating to AA-Plus from AAA on Friday, citing economic weak development.

  • Is Hong Kong's credit rating at risk?  Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 12:24 AM ET

    Andrew Colquhoun, Senior Director & Head of Asia-Pacific Sovereign Ratings at Fitch Ratings, discusses whether demonstrations will hurt the city's position as a financial center.

  • Is India close to a ratings upgrade? Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:40 AM ET

    Standard & Poor's revised its outlook on India's 'BBB-' sovereign credit rating, leading investors to question whether a ratings upgrade near.

  • Indebted Chinese firms face off with ratings agencies Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:19 PM ET

    Chinese companies hounded by debt obligations accrued over the past few years are grappling with global ratings agencies.

  • Regulation adds risk for UK banks: Moody's  Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Moody's Investors Service has put a negative outlook on the U.K. banking sector. Johannes Wassenberg, managing director at Moody's, explains that the changing regulatory framework will add pressure on U.K. lenders.

  • S&P cuts Argentina's credit rating further Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 5:05 PM ET
    Argentine Economic Minister Axel Kicillof is surrounded by members of the media as he arrives at an office to continue meetings with mediator Daniel Pollack in New York, July 30, 2014.

    Standard & Poor's cut its credit rating on Argentina's foreign-currency sovereign debt.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- Standard& Poor's said on Wednesday it had raised New York state's debt rating by one notch, putting it just under a top investment grade, due to the state government's stronger budgeting practices.