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  1. Moody's upgrades display confidence in HK and mainland

    Posted Nov 12th 2010, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... a credit boom. The mainland's sovereign bond rating was raised by a notch to Aa3, or the fourth highest, yesterday from A1 while Hong Kong's government bond rating was moved up to Aa1, ... Moody's said the decision to boost the mainland's credit rating followed the nation's efforts to tackle asset bubbles and avert bad loans arising from the lending spree last year. ...

  2. Developers see trust finance as debt option

    Posted May 11th 2009, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... sales require securing a credit rating of at least AAA and the approval of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Greentown's ratings were far lower. Moody's Investors gave ... and property firms that fail to secure credit ratings that meet banks lending requirements. Lawrence Hui Wai-man, the chief financial controller at Shimao Property Holdings, said the firm had been ...

  3. HK moves up investment prospect rankings of 20 Asia-Pacific cities

    Posted Dec 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of most financial institutions to extend credit as deleveraging cut balance sheet lending capacity. Mr Blank said the prospect for lenders was a large number of deal or loan defaults in the new ... in 2009,' he said. Separately, ratings agency Standard & Poor's yesterday revised its ratings outlooks on Hongkong Land Holdings, Hysan Development, Kerry Properties and Swire Pacific from ...

  4. Wall St braces for Fed rate call as woes spread

    Posted Jun 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... record fuel costs. Standard & Poor's cut its credit rating on the two along with Chrysler. Bonds rallied as traders set aside inflation fears and looked for safety. The yield ... interest rates despite soft economic conditions. Problems in the vehicle sector have also intensified. Last week, the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 3.77 per cent to end at 11,842.69 ...

  5. Merchants Bank rises after Wing Lung deal

    Posted Jun 04th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... business in Shenzhen or travel there frequently and vice versa.' Credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service affirmed ratings for Wing Lung and Merchants Bank after the takeover was made public. It gave Merchants Bank a D-plus financial strength rating and Wing Lung a C-plus. Merchants Bank is among the strongest private lenders on the mainland. Its net income soared 157 ...

  6. HKMC faces possible downgrade by Moody's

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu The Hong Kong Mortgage Corp, the largest bond issuer in the city, is facing a possible downgrade of its rating under a review by Moody's Investors Service. Moody's yesterday said it had placed HKMC on review for possible downgrade of its Aaa long-term local and foreign-currency senior unsecured bond ratings, Aa1 long-term foreign-currency issuer rating and Aaa ...

  7. Global reach makes CNOOC's Unocal bid look sharp

    Posted Jun 24th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... subordinated loan at an interest rate of just 3.5 per cent. That will count nearly as equity for credit-rating purposes. Although Standard & Poor's yesterday put CNOOC's BBB-plus rating on negative credit watch following the bid's announcement, the ratings agency said that it was unlikely to downgrade CNOOC below BBB-minus to junk status. 'Clearly, this is a transaction we ...

  8. Standard & Poor's says BOC, CCB are solvent

    Posted Jul 30th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ratings in response to the government-backed restructuring plan to improve the efficiency of state banks last year. The long-term foreign currency counterparty credit ratings of CCB and BOC were raised by one notch to 'BBB-' from 'BB+', the lowest investment-grade rating. The United States-based agency assigned an 'A-3' foreign currency counterparty credit ...

  9. StanChart digs in amid KFB debate

    Posted Jan 13th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... First Bank (KFB) of South Korea. While most analysts have given the emerging markets lender credit for eventually establishing a presence in one of the world's largest economies, others ... the bank operates. Of course, this will take time to realise.' A statement issued by the ratings agency Standard & Poor's, which has affirmed an 'A' long-term rating ...

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    Banco Espirito Santo may need bail-in as agencies slash credit ratings

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 01:15am by Reuters

    ... billion in exposure to the Espirito Santo family empire, Moody's and Standard & Poor's both slashed its credit ratings further into junk territory. One surprising aspect ... Santo may need bail-in as ratings slashed Banco Espirito Santo's woes may not reignite the euro crisis but could give useful information about who will pay the inevitable costs. Under ...




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