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  • SHANGHAI, May 11- China's banks are facing their toughest year since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2009, with interest rate cuts and liberalization of the deposit rate system eating into their profit margins. The People's Bank of China cut interest rates for the third time in six months on Sunday in a bid to lower companies' borrowing costs, while...

  • US companies hoarding $1 trillion in cash Monday, 11 May 2015 | 2:10 AM ET
    US dollars

    Just five US companies are hoarding nearly half a trillion dollars as the country’s tax code and a tepid global economy deter firms from spending.

  • May 5- A recent decision by the Oregon Supreme Court overturning cuts to public pensions is a "credit negative" that will hurt the budgets of both the state and its cities, Moody's Investors Service said in a report on Tuesday. Last month, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that reductions in cost-of-living-adjustments for retirees and current employees passed in...

  • HONG KONG, May 3- Fosun International Ltd, an investment company controlled by Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, said it had offered to buy the 80 percent it does not already own in U.S. insurer Ironshore Inc for $1.8 billion. The move follows Fosun's decision to buy a 20 percent stake in the casualty and property insurer for $464 million in August 2014 in a bid to...

  • Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed higher, recovering from the prior day's selloff, as investors eyed higher Treasury yields and looked for signs of economic growth.

  • CHICAGO, May 1- Chicago's $20 billion unfunded public pension liability is on track to grow significantly regardless of the outcomes of litigation over the constitutionality of benefit cuts or legislative action, Moody's Investors Service said on Friday. But the credit rating agency warned there will be a growing risk to Chicago's solvency if its four...

  • Winning and losing picks from last Sohn conference Friday, 1 May 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    The 2015 Sohn Investment Conference takes place on Monday May 5th in New York.

    With the S&P 500 advancing 11 percent since last year's Sohn Investment Conference, here's a rundown on the winners and losers for the year.

  • US dollar and data in focus on Wall Street Friday, 1 May 2015 | 8:45 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    US stock index futures indicated a higher open on Friday ahead of a data-packed day, after stocks closed down more than 1 percent.

  • Early movers: NWL, MCO, VFC, CVS, LNKD & more Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:53 AM ET

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • May 1- Credit rating agency Moody's Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong growth in its bond ratings and financial services businesses. High-grade U.S. corporate debt offerings jumped 8 percent to $341.9 billion in the first quarter from a year earlier, marking the strongest three-month period for the asset class since...

  • Moody's profit rises 5.5 pct Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:05 AM ET

    Net income attributable to Moody's rose to $230.1 million, or $1.11 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $218 million, or $1 per share, a year earlier.

  • Stocks entering May with low expectations Friday, 1 May 2015 | 6:19 AM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks typically score gains about half the time in the month of May. That compares to positive returns 75 percent of the time in April.

  • Stocks entering May with low expectations Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:12 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks typically score gains about half the time in the month of May. That compares to positive returns 75 percent of the time in April.

  • Greece gets junkier: Moody's cuts rating Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:27 PM ET
    People are seen in front of a Eurobank branch in Athens, Greece, March 19, 2015.

    Moody's cut Greece's credit rating deeper into junk territory amid uncertainty over whether it will reach a deal with its international lenders in time.

  • April 29- Moody's Investors Service said it downgraded Greece's government bond rating to' Caa2' from' Caa1', citing uncertainty whether the troubled country would be able to reach an agreement with official creditors in time to meet its upcoming debt repayments.

  • UPDATE 1-Chicago mayor unveils initial fiscal reforms Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    CHICAGO, April 29- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed on Wednesday the first steps he will take over the next four years to help fix the city's financial problems by changing some of the city's long-used and sometimes controversial debt maneuvers. The mayor, who won a second term in office earlier this month, said Chicago will end bond restructurings that push...

  • April 28- McGraw Hill Financial Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by growth in its Standard& Poor's ratings services business as high-grade bond offerings rose. McGraw Hill, whose rivals include Moody's Corp's Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings, reaffirmed its adjusted full-year profit forecast of $4.35- $4.45 per...

  • Japan’s downgrade: Why no one seems to care Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 2:06 AM ET

    Japan's already less-than-sterling credit rating took a hit from Fitch's downgrade, but its bonds and currency are set to stay impervious to the blow.

  • Why the S&P could break out this week Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 7:12 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    As the Fed meets and earnings news rains down, the big question in the week ahead is whether the S&P 500 can manage a break out.

  • Bulls sniffing out an S&P breakout Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    As the Fed meets and earnings news rains down, the big question in the week ahead is whether the S&P 500 can manage a break out.