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S&P helped cause financial crisis with faulty ratings, Feds allege

Eric Holder

Standard & Poor's Corp. helped cause the financial crisis by misleading investors with falsely high credit ratings on bonds backed by toxic subprime mortgages, federal officials alleged Tuesday in announcing a civil suit against the company.


S&P Puts 15 Nations in Euro Zone on Watch


Monday's euro-zone downgrade warning by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is a muscular move by a firm that was pilloried for its supposed laxity in the financial crisis. S&P put the long-term sovereign-debt ratings of 15 euro-zone nations, including struggling Italy and Spain, on negative watch. That typically means there is at least a 50% chance of a downgrade within 90 days, but the firm said Monday that it expected to announce any rating changes "as soon as possible" following this week's European Union summit, where policy makers are expected to lay out plans to enforce stricter budget rules.


Exclusive: SEC acknowledges challenges in credit-rating probes

The Securities and Exchange Commission faces hurdles proving wrongdoing at credit-rating agencies, the SEC's enforcement chief said in an interview shortly after it was learned that his office may sue Standard & Poor's for breaking securities laws.


Italy has debt rating cut by S&P

Italy has debt rating cut by S&P

Italy's sovereign debt rating cut by Standard & Poor's, the latest move in a deepening and continuing European debt crisis.


Japan Debt Outlook Cut to 'Negative' by S&P on Reconstruction

Japan’s sovereign-rating outlook was cut to “negative” by Standard & Poor’s as the nation’s reconstruction needs following last month’s earthquake will likely add to what’s already the world’s biggest debt load.


S&P Downgrades Portugal, Greece

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded two of the euro zone's most troubled member states, citing fears that the pair may have to restructure their debt after 2013.


This may be week stocks' rally runs out of gas

Without a boost from Washington or data showing budding strength in the economy, Wall Street's rally may be running out of fuel as the S&P 500 eases off its 2010 high.


NYSE Backs S&P 500 for Marketwide Circuit Breaker

NYSE recommended that regulators seek out a broad-based stock index like the S&P 500 to underlie a new circuit breaker that would halt all U.S. stock trading if conditions become too volatile.


Debt Ratings Are Lowered for Portugal and Greece

Debt Ratings Are Lowered for Portugal and Greece

The move by Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday deepened Europe’s debt crisis, and investors sold off government bonds amid fears of a default.


Stock Futures Keep Gains after Home-Price Data

Stock Futures Keep Gains after Home-Price Data

Dow futures were up 30 points. The S&P Case-Shiller home-prices indexes showed U.S. home prices decreased at a slower annual rate in October, but prices were flat compared to September.


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