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Oil prices continue to widen state's fiscal problem

...and expenses continues to deepen as the price of oil remains low, according to a new analysis released Tuesday by Fitch Ratings, a national firm.Alaska isn't alone - Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming all have...
Greece in the red as bailout ends

...With its economy teetering on the brink, Greece suffered its second sovereign downgrade in as many days when the Fitch ratings agency lowered it further into junk status, to just one notch above the level where it considers default inevitable...
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Alaska Air reports another record quarter

...debt-to-capital ratio of 32 percent. Pedersen said it was 81 percent at the end of 2008.With its credit rating of BBB- by Fitch Ratings, Alaska Air Group is one of only two major domestic carriers to have an investment-grade credit rating. The other...
Bond services give Alaska good marks

...change that outlook back to stable," Boutin said. Standard & Poor's gave the state project a strong AA- rating and Fitch Ratings gave it an A+ rating. Alaska's general obligation bonds are rated AA by Fitch. Standard & Poor's, which rates...
Moody's upgrades Alaska's general obligation bond rating from negative to stable

...said the administration has opened a dialogue with the three bond agencies - Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch Ratings - in an effort to remove the negative outlook. Municipalities and quasi-governmental organizations, such as the...
Williams still looking for buyer of Alaska assets

...high environmental regulation costs are keeping refineries on the market, said Bryan Caviness, a Chicago analyst for Fitch Ratings. Companies are looking for assets that fit with their other properties, Caviness said. The Memphis refinery is a...
Retirement board faces crucial debt decisions other states, as it is one of the few that pre-funds medical costs along with pension costs. A new study by Fitch Ratings, he said, shows almost everyone else is in worse shape than Alaska, and the state's funded ratio to be 83 percent...
Three credit rating agencies hold too much of the power

...400 million in fees to the Big Three credit rating agencies - Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investor Service and Fitch Ratings - whose over-rating of risky securities fueled the economic meltdown. Hopes for a new regulatory era - more robust...
Generic dealmaking: 'Pay-for-delay' drug deals are going away

...not a huge number in the scheme of health care spending, but hardly chump change.Also telling, credit agency Fitch Ratings recently warned that an end to pay-for-delay would squeeze the sales and profit margins of pharmaceutical companies...
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BP investors unfazed by $20B payout

...the Gulf - triple what scientists thought just a week ago. Worried that BP is more likely now to stiff its lenders, Fitch Ratings recently knocked BP's credit score down six notches to triple B. BP's stock price has plunged 46 percent since...


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