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Why Aren't We Prosecuting Singing S&P Fraudsters?

William Greider wonders if this is Obama's Watergate

(Newser) - The Justice Department's lawsuit against Standard and Poor's looks pretty damning. According to the suit, S&P knew its ratings on mortgage bonds were too loose, proposed upgrading them in 2004—and then decided not to because it would hurt the bottom line, Fortune explains. The suit makes... 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 »

Home Prices Dive, Indicate Gloomy '12

Case-Shiller Home Price Index reverses 5 months of gains

(Newser) - After five straight months of gains through August, many market watchers had hoped home prices were finally trekking northward for good. No such luck: According to the just-released S&P/Case-Shiller Index, home prices fell in 19 of the nation’s 20 largest cities from September to October, bringing the index... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Dow Licks Wounds, Rises Above 11K

Stocks rebound at the bell, open up 100+ points

(Newser) - After yesterday's beating, the Dow opened with cautious optimism, up about 137 points to 10,947—and it has inched above the 11,000 mark since then. As of 10:40am EST, it was up 215 points to 11,025. The Nasdaq opened up 41, and the S&P... More »

Battered Dow Ends Down 635

US' downgraded credit rocks Wall Street in punishing session

(Newser) - The Dow Jones plummeted under 11,000 today, dropping 635 points as the United States' downgraded credit rating punished the markets. The drubbing took the Dow down 5.55% to 10,810, reports MarketWatch . The Nasdaq and S&P 500 bled more, shedding 6.90% and 6.66% respectively. More »

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