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  • Yields reach 5.77 pct in initial Chicago bond pricing Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO, July 16- Underwriters initially priced $347 million of Chicago tax-exempt general obligation bonds on Thursday, with yields topping out at 5.77 percent for bonds due in 2039 with a 5.50 percent coupon, according to a pricing scale obtained by Reuters. Chicago is selling the tax-free bonds a day after nearly $743 million of taxable GO bonds were priced...

  • Pension fallout hits Chicago bonds, Cook County tax rate Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 5:46 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 15- The inability to curb public pension costs in Illinois led its biggest county to hike the sales tax rate on Wednesday and left its largest city, Chicago, facing hefty interest rates for its bonds. Underwriters priced nearly $743 million of taxable Chicago general obligation bonds with yields topping out at 7.98 percent for debt maturing in...

  • Illinois budget impasse seen lasting for weeks Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 4:20 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 10- The standoff in Illinois between newcomer Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and long-time Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan showed no sign of abating as the state approached a second full week without a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. It's all uncharted waters at this point, " Christopher Mooney, director of the Institute...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, July 7- Concerns that Brazil may lose its coveted investment grade credit rating are again on the rise among government officials and investors who worry that President Dilma Rousseff's austerity push won't fully offset plunging government revenues. As Brazil prepares for a crucial ratings review by Moody's Investors Service in the third...

  • SINGAPORE, July 7- Malaysia's central bank intervened for a third successive trading day on Tuesday to support the ringgit currency, traders said, as corruption allegations swirled round Prime Minister Najib Razak, raising doubts over his grip on power. A scandal over the $11.6 billion of debt wracked up by state fund 1 MDB had been bubbling for months, with...

  • 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...

  • Huge growth in China’s money funds poses risk Sunday, 14 Jun 2015 | 2:43 AM ET

    China's online money market funds have transformed how millions of Chinese invest their savings, but some see red flags. The FT reports.

  • Lightning Round: I was too bullish on this Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 7:53 PM ET
    Mad Money Lightning Round

    Jim Cramer gives his take on a few caller favorite stocks, including this one that he admitted he was too bullish on.

  • *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...