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  • CHICAGO, March 6- Moody's Investors Service on Friday dropped the credit rating for the Chicago Board of Education to Baa3, just one notch above the junk level, due to pension pressures affecting the school system and the city of Chicago. The two-notch downgrade, affecting $6.3 billion of the school district's general obligation bonds, came a week after Moody's...

  • HONG KONG, March 5- Hong Kong shares closed at their lowest in six weeks on Thursday, following mainland markets down, weighed by financial stocks amid concerns over China's economic slowdown. In separate reports published on Thursday, rating agency Moody's Investors Service said Chinese banks were suffering from a narrowing interest rate spread and...

  • SHANGHAI, March 5- China stocks sagged in thin trading on Thursday, with investors dumping blue chip shares such as banks and real estate firms on worries about the slowing economy. Premier Li Keqiang told the National People's Congress at the opening of the annual parliamentary meeting that China would target growth this year of around 7 percent, signalling...

  • Alaska receives AAA bond ratings from agencies Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Alaska has received AAA bond ratings from three agencies for general obligation debt, welcomed by Gov. Standard& Poor's Ratings Services and Fitch Ratings each gave Alaska a stable outlook, citing large state reserves. Moody's Investors Service, meanwhile, had a negative outlook.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO— The inquiry into the biggest corruption scandal yet uncovered in Brazil entered an expansive new phase, as the attorney general formally requested the Supreme Court's permission to open investigations against 54 people, most expected to be top political figures. Rousseff hasn't been directly implicated in the scandal, denies wrongdoing and...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO— Brazil's attorney general on Tuesday asked the nation's Supreme Court for permission to investigate 54 people, the majority top political figures, for alleged involvement in what prosecutors say is the country's largest corruption scandal yet uncovered. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot's request to the top court opens an expansive new phase...

  • SAO PAULO, March 2- Petróleo Brasileiro SA plans to dispose of as much as $13.7 billion in assets this year and next as part of efforts by Brazil's largest state-controlled company to reduce debt and protect cash. In a securities filing on Monday, the oil company commonly known as Petrobras raised the target for assets sales from the $5 billion to $11 billion...

  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 10:41 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities. "Regardless of outcome of the legal challenges to pension reforms, we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities— and the costs of servicing those liabilities— to continue to...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago drew closer to a fiscal free fall on Friday with a rating downgrade from Moody's Investors Service that could trigger the immediate termination of four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million and raising the prospect of more broken swaps contracts. "This is an unfortunate wake-up call for anyone still asleep...

  • Feb 27- Mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corp said it received a notice from a trustee terminating its services for two pools of securitized mortgage loans. Moody's Investors Service downgraded Ocwen's credit rating to' B2' from' B1' after the New York Department of Financial Services alleged that the company sent backdated foreclosures letters to...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Chicago's rating downgrade to Baa2 by Moody's Investors Service on Friday could terminate four interest-rate swap agreements, costing the city about $58 million, according to the credit rating agency. The swaps, which the city uses to hedge interest-rate risk on its variable-rate bonds, can be ended by bank counterparties if Chicago's credit...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1600 GMT / 11:00 a.m. ET Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 11:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON- U.S. economic growth brakes more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter as businesses slow their pace of stock accumulation and the trade deficit widens, but the underlying fundamentals remain solid. CHICAGO- Moody's Investors Service cuts Chicago's already-weak credit rating one notch to Baa2, citing the city's growing costs...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Moody's Investors Service on Friday cut Chicago's already-weak credit rating one notch to Baa2, citing the city's growing costs related to its big unfunded pension liability. The downgrade to Baa2, which is just two notches above the junk level, affects $8.3 billion of Chicago's general obligation bonds. Moody's warned the rating could fall...

  • Puerto Rico seeks protection of federal bankruptcy code Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 2:28 PM ET

    The push comes after a federal judge ruled that a local debt-restructuring law pushed through last year by Puerto Rico's governor was unconstitutional. Melba Acosta, president of Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank, was among those who testified before a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington. Puerto Rico's delegate to Congress, Pedro...

  • Feb 26- Offshore rig provider Transocean Ltd wrote down the value of its contract drilling business by $992 million in the fourth quarter as demand slumped due to a steep fall in oil prices. Transocean reported net loss of $739 million, or $2.04 per share, attributable to controlling interest for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a profit of $233...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 25- Brazil has no plans to pump new capital into Petrobras, even after a debt-rating downgrade by Moody's Investors Service threatens to limit the cash-strapped oil company's access to finance and raise its borrowing costs, two government officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Late on Tuesday, Moody's Investors Service cut the rating on foreign...

  • SAO PAULO/ NEW YORK, Feb 25- Petróleo Brasileiro SA has hired JPMorgan Chase& Co to handle $3 billion in planned asset sales this year, as fallout from a corruption scandal has shut access to financing for Brazil's state-controlled oil producer, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said on Wednesday. JPMorgan will be tasked with luring the largest...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 25- Petróleo Brasileiro SA's decision to cut capital spending plans by $16 billion this year could hamper Brazilian banks with loan exposure to the oil and gas industry, especially state-controlled Banco do Brasil SA, analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc said on Wednesday. Guidance provided by Brazil's top banks that was unveiled prior to the...

  • Brazil oil firm Petrobras downgraded to junk status Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 8:33 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras' debt was downgraded to junk status on Tuesday by Moody's Investors Service. It's the latest sign of the quick fall from grace of Petrobras, which not long ago was seen as an industry darling prepared to lead development of Brazil's recent finds of massive offshore oil basins that could hold upward of 100...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 24- Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service stripped Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras of its investment grade rating on Tuesday and kept the firm on review for further downgrade, citing concerns over an ongoing corruption scandal and liquidity pressures. Moody's said in a statement it was downgrading Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as...