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NEW YORK, March 18- Standard& Poor's upgraded bond insurer MBIA Inc on Tuesday, saying it expects the company to gain market share and resume its prior role as a strong player in guaranteeing U.S. municipal debt.
While the markets are hoping to see a March thaw, reports of February data in the week ahead may show the economy is still feeling a bit chilled.
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The issue in front of federal bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is whether a pledge of Detroit tax revenue to pay off the voter-approved bond issues is a binding obligation under Michigan law, as argued by bond insurers in two lawsuits, or merely a promise.
CEO Brian Moynihan said the bank faces up to an additional $9 billion in costs related to the financial crisis and mortgages beyond its reserves.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Companies making headlines after the bell Tuesday.
U.S. stocks declined on Tuesday after a two-session rise, with Wall Street falling to session lows after being reminded that the Federal Reserve could reduce stimulus before the end of the year.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Tuesday.
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The DOJ on Tuesday said it had filed a civil lawsuit against Bank of America for what government lawyers said was a fraud on investors.
Detroit has become a pariah of the muni world, but analysts are holding out hope that the nation's largest government bankruptcy isn't contagious.
Detroit said it would stop making some debt payments and asked creditors to accept pennies on the dollar to help it avoid the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in US history.
Bruce Berkowitz's Fairholme Capital Management takes $500 million preferred equity stake in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
There's a lot on the agenda as Detroit's emergency financial manager tries to meet a deadline to decide whether the city and escape a bankruptcy filing.
MBIA has settled with Societe Generale for $350 million, reports CNBC's Kate Kelly.
Two words sum up the trading in Bank of America yesterday: fast money.
Bond insurer MBIA and Bank of America have reached a settlement in an ongoing legal dispute, and BofA will pay MBIA $1.6 billion, the companies said on Monday.
Bank of America's settlement with MBIA may be a turning point for the company and its investors, reports CNBC's Kate Kelly. Benjamin Lawsky, NY's Dept. of Financial Services superintendent, weighs in.
Stocks finished narrowly mixed Monday as trading was largely muted with no major economic news on tap and as investors hesitated to jump in after the recent rally, but the S&P 500 rose to touch a fresh all-time high.