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  • Let's make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy. Companies around the world announced mergers and acquisitions worth $2.3 trillion, according to figures from data provider Dealogic, the second-best half-year total on record and the highest amount since 2007, when $2.6 trillion of deals were...

  • CHICAGO, July 2 (Reuters)- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services on Thursday dropped the credit rating for the Chicago Board of Education two notches to BBB, warning the rating could fall further if the financially troubled school district does not produce a "credible" budget. Reaction to the downgrade from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago Mayor Rahm...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 2- Standard& Poor's Rating Agency upgraded California's general obligation debt on Thursday to "AA-" from "A+," marking another sign of the state's financial recovery. S&P credit analyst Gabriel Petek cited California's newly enacted budget, "which, in our view, marks another step forward in the state's journey toward improved fiscal...

  • July 1- Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday downgraded Puerto Rico's general obligation and guaranteed bonds further into junk territory, citing Governor Alejandro García Padilla's declaration that the commonwealth cannot pay its debt. Moody's said the commonwealth's decision to devise broad restructuring plans were "clear signs that holders of...

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- U.S. exporters large and small scrambled on Tuesday to urge foreign customers not to abandon deals supported by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which will be forced to halt new business at midnight as its charter expires. Companies affected range from giants including aircraft maker Boeing Co and General Electric Co to small exporters of...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- Puerto Rico's distressed power utility PREPA is close to a deal with its creditors to avoid a possible default on a bond payment of around $400 million due July 1, sources familiar with the talks said on Tuesday. Credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service has said it expects the utility to default on that payment. Puerto Rico's Governor...

  • CHICAGO, June 17- The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved with no debate Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to sell $1.1 billion of bonds to continue restructuring outstanding debt and pay other obligations. Chicago will use the authorization to convert short-term commercial paper into long-term fixed-rate bonds and complete the refinancing of...

  • *ICBC, CITIC Trust arguing over who is accountable. BEIJING, June 11- China's biggest state-owned bank and trust company are arguing over who should be held accountable after two high-yield trust products they were both involved in failed, leaving investors owed 500 million yuan. The product was scheduled to mature in March, but the ultimate borrower, mining and...

  • ATHENS, June 10- Ratings agency Standard& Poor's downgraded Greece's sovereign rating deeper into junk territory on Wednesday, questioning whether its debt is sustainable after the government delayed a payment to the International Monetary Fund. Greece exercised its right to group all its payments to the IMF due in June and pay them before the end of the month.

  • Yields trimmed for $111.7 mln Chicago sales tax bonds Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 2:31 PM ET

    CHICAGO, June 4- Investor demand allowed Chicago to lower yields on $111.7 mln of sales tax revenue refunding bonds that were priced on Wednesday, according to details of the deal released on Thursday. But Chicago continues to pay a penalty for its financial woes, which include a $20 billion unfunded pension liability. Chicago officials said investors put in...

  • SAO PAULO, June 3- Moody's Investors Service expects to decide whether to downgrade Brazil's credit rating only after its analysts meet with the country's policymakers in the third quarter, said senior analyst Mauro Leos at the rating agency on Wednesday. The agency assigned a negative outlook to Brazil's Baa2 credit rating last September, warning it could...

  • SAO PAULO, June 3- Moody's Investors Service expects to decide on whether to downgrade Brazil's credit rating only after meeting the country's policymakers at some point in the third quarter, senior analyst Mauro Leos said on Wednesday. The agency assigned a negative outlook to Brazil's Baa2 credit rating last September, indicating it could downgrade it over...

  • *Fosun total debt at $16.7 bln, not far off its market value. HONG KONG, May 29- A $1.2 billion share sale by Fosun International Ltd this month was likely only the start of a love affair with equity deals, bankers say, as the Chinese conglomerate seeks to cut reliance on debt to fund its huge acquisition ambitions. Led by tycoon Guo Guangchang who models himself on...

  • CHICAGO, May 27- Strong investor demand pushed yields lower for $674 million of Chicago bonds priced on Wednesday, but the city continued to pay a penalty for its shaky finances. Carole Brown, Chicago's CFO, said the four bond issues attracted $6 billion in orders. On May 12, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Chicago's credit rating to junk, due to an Illinois...

  • CHICAGO, May 27- Underwriters initially priced $668 million of Chicago general obligation bonds on Wednesday with yields topping out at 6 percent for bonds due in 2042 with a 5.75 percent coupon, according to pricing scales obtained by Reuters. The four issues priced through senior underwriter Bank of America Merrill Lynch are part of Chicago's plan to...

  • Chicago bonds initially priced with top yield of 5.96 pct Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO, May 27- Underwriters initially priced $170.2 million of Chicago general obligation bonds on Wednesday with a top yield of 5.96 percent for bonds due in 2040 with a 5.75 percent coupon, according to a pricing scale obtained by Reuters. The bond sale is part of Chicago's plan to convert about $805 million of variable-rate debt to fixed rate and ending...

  • May 21- Moody's Investors Service on Thursday cut Puerto Rico's bond ratings further into junk status, saying the troubled U.S. territory would not be able to access markets by the June 30 fiscal year-end and might have to prioritize debt payments. Puerto Rico is struggling with $72 billion in debt and faces a bond payment of $655.2 million on its general...

  • CHICAGO, May 21- Banks that entered into credit and other deals related to Chicago's general obligation variable-rate debt have agreed not to demand payments triggered when the city's rating was cut to junk by Moody's Investors Service, according to city documents. The forbearance agreements between Chicago and the banks will allow the city to convert the...

  • Half a millennium later, that sum wouldn't buy a square foot of office space in New York City's trendiest real estate market, the area below 34th Street known as Midtown South. Fueled by an influx of workers from the Internet economy and a record 17 consecutive quarters of rising prices, the average cost per square foot of office space in Midtown South hit an...

  • UPDATE 1-S&P downgrades Chicago GO bonds to A- from A+ Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:57 PM ET

    CHICAGO, May 14- Chicago's credit rating suffered a new blow on Thursday when Standard& Poor's Ratings Services dropped it two notches to A-minus and warned it could fall even further. S&P's downgrade came just two days after Moody's Investors Service dropped Chicago's general obligation rating into the junk level in the wake of an Illinois Supreme Court...