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Argentina Defaults, Blames US

US' handling of talks with bondholders was 'shameful'

(Newser) - First the World Cup loss , now this: Argentina has defaulted for the second time in 13 years—but apparently through no fault of its own. Standard & Poor's considered the country in default yesterday after it failed to make interest payments to its bondholders and CNN reports that may... More »

S&P Says Lawsuit Is Feds' Revenge for Downgrade

Justice Department calls claim 'preposterous'

(Newser) - Standard & Poor's is claiming that the Justice Department's massive lawsuit against it is simply "retaliation" for the rating agency's 2011 decision to downgrade the US credit rating . In a court filing yesterday, S&P argued that the downgrade was "free speech" and that hence... More »

Home Prices Take Biggest Jump Since 2006

Up 12.2% in May compared with a year ago

(Newser) - US home prices jumped 12.2% in May compared with a year ago, per the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index of property values; that's the biggest yearly gain since March 2006, reports the AP . The highlights didn't stop there: Bloomberg reports that each of the 20 cities in... More »

Jan. Home Prices See Biggest Jump Since 2006

Case-Shiller index points to 8.1% growth year-over-year

(Newser) - Home prices jumped 8.1% this January compared to a year before, according to the 20-city Case-Shiller index. That beats economists' expectations of a 7.9% increase and marks the biggest year-over-year jump since the summer of 2006, the Wall Street Journal reports. In other words, it's "the... More »

Justice Filing Suit Against S&P Over 2008 Meltdown

Feds will accuse firm of fraudulently rating mortgage bonds

(Newser) - The Justice Department and state prosecutors are filing a lawsuit against the Standard & Poor's Ratings Service for its apparent role in the 2008 financial meltdown, the New York Times reports. The civil suit will accuse S&P of rating mortgage bonds too highly before their value fell off... More »

Dow Plummets 200+ Points

Weak jobs report leads to market troubles

(Newser) - The Dow's gain for the year is gone, thanks to today's terrible jobs report . The Dow fell more than 200 points following the report, according to the AP . At 11am EDT, it was at 12,170, down 224 points. That's a loss of about 0.3% for... More »

S&P: We'll Likely Declare Greece in Default

As Greece struggles to restructure debt

(Newser) - Standard & Poor's will likely downgrade Greece's rating to "selective default" after its debt restructuring, the rating agency said at a Bloomberg event today—though it adds that the move might not destroy the European Union's credit. "It's not a given that Greece's... More »

Moody's Scoffs at Europe Deal, Threatens Downgrades

Warning stems from concerns over widening growth gap

(Newser) - Despite the deal reached by European leaders to strengthen the euro zone, Moody's warned today that the crisis is still at a "critical and volatile stage" and that some European Union countries could still find their sovereign ratings downgraded. It expressed specific concern about the expanding growth gap... More »

Now France's Rating May Be Cut

S&P may switch outlook on Triple-A rating to negative

(Newser) - Is there no nation with sound credit? Standard & Poor's is now considering changing the outlook for France's triple-A rating to negative within the next 10 days, signaling a possible downgrade, the French financial newspaper La Tribune reported yesterday. France is the last cushion between crumbling European economies... More »

SEC Sees 'Apparent Failures' at Ratings Agencies

But new report doesn't offer specifics about the companies

(Newser) - The SEC wagged its finger at the ratings agency industry today, accusing each of the 10 registered companies of "apparent failures" in key areas, including how they manage conflicts of interest, reports Reuters . Alas, those looking for specifics against the likes of Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poor'... More »

S&P Downgrades Italy

Euro falls on the news

(Newser) - The US isn’t singing the downgrade blues alone; S&P knocked Italy down a peg today, citing concerns about its economic growth and its fragile governing coalition. The agency slashed Italy’s rating to “A,” or five ranks above junk status, and maintained its negative outlook, according... More »

Japan's Credit Rating Cut

Moody's drops country to fourth-highest rating

(Newser) - Japan has joined the US on the list of countries to have its credit rating downgraded because of debt worries. But for the Japanese, the downgrade is just the latest in a long series of bad news. Moody's has cut Japan's rating by a notch to the fourth... More »

Dow Down 100 at Open

S&P 500, Nasdaq follow suit

(Newser) - No major relief for the markets today, at least not so far: The Dow was down about 100 points at open, resting below 10,900, according to MarketWatch . The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were also down, 7 points and 5 points, respectively. And the news from abroad isn't... More »

Dow Plunges 480+, Below 11K

S&P, Nasdaq follow suit

(Newser) - The Dow plunged more than 300 points at the open today, and dropped almost 500 before retreating, as investors worried about Europe and the global economy. It's currently hovering just below 11,000, according to Marketwatch . The S&P 500 also dropped 48 points to 1,146, while the... More »

Feds Probing Standard and Poor's

Agency's behavior before financial crisis in spotlight

(Newser) - Looks like Standard & Poor's could be in for a downgrade of its own—from the Justice Department. Federal investigators are probing possible wrongdoing at the credit ratings agency in the years leading up to the financial crisis, sources tell the New York Times . The probe, expected to lead... More »

SEC Probing S&P Downgrade

But analysts say proving insider trading violations would be difficult

(Newser) - The SEC wants to know who knew about S&P's decision to downgrade the United States credit rating before it happened, as part of a very initial look at whether insider trading violations occurred, reports the Financial Times . Those involved in the case say the investigation isn't based... More »

Dow Rises 100+ on Retail Sales Report

S&P 500, Nasdaq also rise

(Newser) - Markets are up, at least for now: The Dow was up more than 100 points at open, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq following suit, up about 11 and 13 points, respectively, MarketWatch reports. An upbeat report on retail sales no doubt prodded stocks upward: July sales rose a... More »

Guess Who Hiked Taxes to Bolster His State's S&P Rating?

Romney lobbied S&P, bragging of increased taxes and revenues

(Newser) - Back in 2004 when he was governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney successfully lobbied Standard & Poor's to upgrade the state's credit rating by bragging the state had raised taxes in the state during an economic downturn, reports Politico . Last week, in the face of the first-ever downgrade to... More »

Feds Can't Fix Economy: Poll

New survey shows many of us agree with S&P

(Newser) - Another day, another poll about how much we hate Congress . This latest poll shows, in particular, that just one in four of us believes the federal government can fix the economy. That's down 21 points from October, notes the Washington Post . And a whopping 71% of respondents believe S&... More »

Daily Show's Advice to Obama: 'Go Blacker'

Larry Wilmore says it's too late for prez to fight the stereotype

(Newser) - America's credit downgrade is being called the "Obama downgrade," and Larry Wilmore—the Daily Show 's "senior black correspondent"—isn't happy about it. "America finally gets its first black president, and our credit goes bad. F***!" The GOP must love this,... More »

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