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  • 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.

  • *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.

  • Germany: S&P reaffirms AAA rating     Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 2:20 AM ET

    Germany's financial strength is "among one of the best" in the world explains Moritz Kraemer, chief rating officer for sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor's after the ratings agency reaffirmed the country's AAA rating.

  • 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.

  • Puerto Rico debt slumps on downgrades, new law Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 4:57 PM ET
    Signs of economic depression are visible in the Condado neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Puerto Rico public corporation debt slumped after a new law that allows agencies to restructure their debts sparked fears of an imminent default.

  • S&P affirms Berkshire's ratings, upgrades outlook Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 2:56 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    The agency affirmed Berkshire Hathaway's "AA/A-1+" counterparty credit and "AA+" for insurance financial strength and revised the outlook to stable.

  • Austria Fin Min: I don’t understand S&P warning Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    Austria’s finance minister admitted he could not understand the reasoning behind Standard and Poor's' warning about the country’s banks.

  • S&P affirms US sovereign credit rating of 'AA+' Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Standard & Poor affirmed in a release the current AA+/A-1+ rating for U.S. sovereign credit and called the outlook "stable."

  • S&P ratings inflation suits sent to state courts Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    A federal judge ruled that litigation accusing S&P of inflating credit ratings before the 2008 financial crisis belongs in state courts.

  • Prospects for Italy and France in 2014     Sunday, 1 Jun 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    James McCormack, global head of sovereign ratings at Fitch Ratings, talks about the prospects for Italy and France for the rest of 2014.

  • Spain upgrade is fruit of reforms: S&P     Friday, 23 May 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign rating officer at Standard & Poor's, says Spain's upgrade is the results of structural reforms implemented by the government.

  • May 23- Fitch upgraded its credit rating on Greece to' B' from' B-' and gave it a stable outlook, citing the government's better fiscal track record. Fitch also lifted the issue ratings on Greece's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds to' B' from' B-'.

  • Second time lucky for Ireland’s credit rating? Friday, 16 May 2014 | 1:06 AM ET

    Ireland hopes to garner a second credit rating upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service this Friday.

  • Why S&P downgraded Russia's credit rating     Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Christian Esters, senior director for sovereign ratings at Standard and Poor's Ratings Services, says the reasons behind Russia's credit rating downgrade include capital outflows and increased risks of slower growth.

  • Greece is 'not there yet': S&P's Kraemer     Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign rating officer at S&P, highlights that while Greece has achieved a lot, its economy below pre-crisis levels.

  • Jean-Michel Carayon, senior vice-president of the Moody's corporate finance group, discusses the optimism behind the ratings agency's report that shows upgrades to EMEA non-financial corporates outnumbered downgrades in the first quarter of 2014.

  • S&P downgrades Brazil to near-junk     Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    S&P downgraded cut Brazil's credit rating to one notch above junk, citing weak growth and rising debt levels.

  • Sarah Carlson, vice-president and senior credit officer for the Sovereign Risk Group at Moody's, says there is concern about long-term competitiveness and growth prospects in France.

  • US debt ceiling issue 'off the table': Fitch     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    James McCormack, managing director at Fitch Ratings, explains that it has removed the U.S. from negative watch because of improvements in the country's fiscal picture.