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  • Malaysian bank merger to disrupt Islamic finance Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 7:25 PM ET
    The headquarters of CIMB Bank (left) and OCBC Bank stand in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    A proposed merger in Malaysia will create the first Islamic bank that will have enough clout to challenge conventional, often Western, banks.

  • What Yellen said on junk bonds isn’t what markets heard Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:20 AM ET

    Tech shares sold off Tuesday after Fed Chief Yellen said some valuations were "stretched," but similar comments on high-yield bonds got a yawn.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- Retirement payouts for 19.3 million U.S. state and local government workers in coming years are not likely to look much different from the iron-clad pensions that former teachers and police now get.

  • 6 ways bonds can bite you Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Rising interest rates and the creditworthiness of bond issuers are just two ways the most benign securities can pack a punch.

  • CHICAGO, July 11- The Illinois Supreme Court's ruling extending constitutional protection to public sector retiree health care is a negative credit factor for Illinois, Chicago and local governments seeking to alter pension benefits, Moody's Investors Service said on Friday. Illinois already has the lowest credit rating among states, with Moody's at A3.

  • Malaysia rate hike: Will they or won't they? Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 6:44 PM ET

    Strong economic growth and rising inflation have raised the odds that Malaysia's central bank could hike rates for the first time in three years.

  • *AbbVie retracts claim that Shire investors support bid. LONDON, July 9- U.S. drugmaker AbbVie has been forced to retract comments by its chief executive about shareholder support for its $51 billion bid for Shire after being caught out by British takeover rules.

  • *AbbVie retracts claim that Shire investors support bid. LONDON, July 9- U.S. drugmaker AbbVie has been forced to retract comments by its chief executive about shareholder support for its bid for Shire after being caught out by British takeover rules.

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- Creditors to Puerto Rico's electricity provider were given a slight respite on Tuesday when the bonds' trustee made a scheduled payment, but the U.S. municipal bond market remained worried the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority will soon use a new bankruptcy-like process to restructure its debts.

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- Creditors to Puerto Rico's troubled electricity provider were given a slight respite on Tuesday when the bonds' trustee made a scheduled payment, but the U.S. municipal bond market remained worried the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority will soon use a new bankruptcy-like process to restructure its debts.

  • WASHINGTON, July 1- Moody's pushed its rating on Puerto Rico's debt deeper into junk territory on Tuesday and prices of the island's troubled electric authority's bonds plunged as investors awaited word on whether they would receive a scheduled payment on the securities.

  • Puerto Rico governor signs $9.56 bln budget for 2015 Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    SAN JUAN, July 1- Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Tuesday signed a $9.56 billion budget for 2015, a blueprint that cuts spending by $200 million from the previous year amid a continued contraction in the island's economy.

  • June 30- Puerto Rico's troubles continued to worsen on Monday after mutual funds holding about $1.7 billion in its debt sued the commonwealth while other investors sold the bonds on concerns the island's finances could deteriorate further.

  • June 30- U.S. mutual funds holding about $1.7 billion in Puerto Rico debt have sued the cash-strapped commonwealth, accusing it of passing a law modeled after the U.S. bankruptcy code that could undermine the rights of American investors.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27- Ratings firms expressed concern on Friday about a Brazilian government decision to sell billions of dollars worth of offshore oil rights to Petrobras, saying the move will weigh on the state-run oil company's cash flow and credit-worthiness.

  • Since Detroit filed the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history last July, Syncora has objected to the city's moves nearly every step of the way- from an early agreement with investment banks over interest rate swaps to the more recent "grand bargain" designed to save the Detroit Institute of Arts.

  • Moody's lifts Calif rating to highest since 2001 Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    Moody's upgraded its rating on California's general obligation debt, citing the state's improving financial position and employment growth.

  • June 25- Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday upgraded its rating on California's general obligation debt to "Aa3" from "A1," citing the state's improving financial position and employment growth.

  • Moody's says Brazil must correct course to keep rating Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25- Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday warned that Brazil's next government needs to "reverse negative economic trends" and boost growth if it wants to maintain the country's credit rating.

  • Moody's upgrades California's general obligation debt Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 2:28 PM ET

    June 25- Moody's Investors Service upgraded its rating on California's general obligation debt to "Aa3" from "A1", citing its improving financial position and employment growth. "The Aa3 rating also reflects the state's volatile tax revenue structure and governance restrictions," Moody's said. Moody's outlook on the state is stable.