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31 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET MANAGES A SMALL GAIN, IN FINAL MINUTES
Shares slipped in response to weaker markets overseas and a rise in the dollar, which weighed on commodity prices. ... more info

31 Dec 2009: BOND PRICES UNDER PRESSURE AFTER JOBLESS CLAIMS REPORT
Treasury prices fell Thursday after a government report showed that initial jobless claims dropped more than expected last week, signaling a stronger economy and dimming the appeal of bonds as safe havens for investors. ... more info

31 Dec 2009: FITCH UPGRADES SAN DIEGO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, CA'S NORTH PARK PROJECT TABS; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on the Redevelopment Agency of San Diego's North Park Redevelopment Project tax allocation bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

30 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES ILLINOIS' $3.5B GOS 'A'; ASSIGNS WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating and placed on Rating Watch Negative $3.466 billion of State of Illinois general obligation bonds taxable series of January 2010. ... more info

30 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET WINNING STREAK ENDS AT 6
Shares fluctuated in a narrow range after reports on home prices and consumer confidence came in largely as expected, showing a gradual improvement in the economy. ... more info

30 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES WASHINGTON'S $488MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the following State of Washington bonds: ... more info

30 Dec 2009: YIELDS FALL ON JAPANESE DEBT
Japanese government bonds finished higher on the last trading day of the year as the market responded to overnight strength in U.S. Treasury debt and weakness in Tokyo stocks prompted demand for risk-free assets. ... more info

30 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES BOSTON WATER & SEWER COMMISSION'S REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the following Boston Water and Sewer Commission's revenue and refunding bonds: ... more info

30 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA CRA REVS (BEACH CRA) AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----As part of its continuous surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms the City of Hollywood, Florida Community Redevelopment Agency's redevelopment revenue bonds series 2004 and 2007 at 'BBB+'. ... more info

30 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES WINSTON-SALEM, NC'S $29.7MM GOS 'AAA' & $18.8MM LOBS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina's general obligation bonds: ... more info

30 Dec 2009: FITCH ASSIGNS 'AA-' ASSURED GUARANTY INSURED ISSUE RATING; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an Assured Guaranty Insurer Financial Strength rating of 'AA-' with a Negative Rating Outlook to the issues listed below. As of Oct. 19, 2009, Fitch will solely provide insured ratings on bonds for which it has underlying ratings. ... more info

29 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA'S $52MM 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the following Hollywood, Florida revenue bonds: ... more info

29 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES KENTUCKY SPBC'S $13MM PROJECT 73 ROAD FUND REFUNDING REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Kentucky State Property and Buildings Commission's approximately $13.3 million road fund revenue refunding bonds, Project No. 73 . ... more info

29 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES HANOVER COUNTY, VIRGINIA'S $27.3MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following Hanover County, Virginia general obligation bonds: ... more info

29 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY'S REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the following revenue bonds issued by the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority on behalf of The College of New Jersey : ... more info

29 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET EXTENDS ITS WINNING STREAK TO 6 DAYS
Markets kept their winning streak alive for at least one more day on Monday, regaining some momentum in the final minutes of the day to end higher. ... more info

28 Dec 2009: RUSSIA SHEDS SOVIET DEBT BURDEN
Russia exchanged $405.8 million of cash and sovereign Eurobonds to the remaining outstanding bondholders of Soviet debt, paving the way for it to re-enter international capital markets. ... more info

28 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES ABILENE, TEXAS' GO REFUNDING BONDS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the city of Abilene, Texas' $2.2 million general obligation bonds, series 2010. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA' rating on approximately $47 million in outstanding GO bonds and $90 million in certificates of obligations. ... more info

28 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD ISD, TX $102MM ULT BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, TX's $102.28 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2010. ... more info

28 Dec 2009: ETF POWERRATINGS AND THE BIG BOND FUND BARGAINS (TRADINGMARKETS.COM)
For high probability traders who are still looking for trades to make in the final week of 2009, it increasingly looks like bonds are the place to be. Take a look at these bond ETFs. ... more info

27 Dec 2009: YIELDS RISE ON LONG-TERM JGBS
Investors sold longer-term Japanese government bonds Friday on concern about higher issuance next fiscal year. After the market closed, the government said it would keep its pledge to cap new-bond issuance at 44.303 trillion yen. ... more info

27 Dec 2009: FIRST FOREIGN BANK TO SELL BONDS IN CHINA
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ said Friday that its local banking unit had received approval to issue yuan-denominated bonds. ... more info

25 Dec 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: INVESTORS END WEEK ON UPSWING
Shares on Wall Street rose, closing at their highest levels for the year, after two reports confirmed a steady, if sluggish, recovery. ... more info

24 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES CASA DE LAS CAMPANAS (CA) SER 2010 BONDS 'BBB+'; DOWNGRADES SER 2007A&B; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' rating to the following ABAG Finance Authority for Non Profit Corporations, California revenue bonds: ... more info

24 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES TAYLOR-RYAN IMPROVEMENT DIST (AL) SER 2005 $13.8MM VRDBS 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $13,800,000 The Taylor-Ryan Improvement District improvement bonds series 2005. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay confirming letter of credit issued by The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. ... more info

24 Dec 2009: LOUISIANA ACCUSES COMPANY OF SELLING BOGUS BONDS
Louisiana insurance regulators are suing a company accused of selling worthless construction bonds for bids on hundreds of millions of dollars in government projects, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said. ... more info

24 Dec 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: RISING COMMODITY PRICES PROVIDE A LIFT AS DOLLAR FALLS
Data on personal income and spending, while showing improvement, fell slightly short of the market’s expectations. ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CHILDREN'S NATIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (DC) AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the underlying 'A-' rating on the following District of Columbia Hospital Revenue Bonds issued on behalf of Children's National Medical Center Obligated Group as part of its ongoing surveillance effort. ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND AUTH'S $853MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority's approximately $426,250,000 transportation system bonds, 2010 series A and approximately $426,250,000 transportation system bonds, 2010 series B . ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES WESTERN NASSAU COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY'S (NEW YORK) 2005 REVS TO 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the following water system revenue bonds by the Water Authority of Western Nassau County, New York as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES SWEDISH COVENANT HOSPITAL (IL) SERIES 2010 $101.9MM DEBT ISSUANCE 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the following Illinois Finance Authority , revenue bonds: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH UPGRADES NORTHWESTERN MEDICAL FACULTY FOUNDATION (IL) REV BONDS TO 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, IL as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS HEALTHEAST & CONTROLLED AFFILIATES (MINNESOTA) AT 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the unenhanced 'BBB-' long-term rating on HealthEast and Controlled Affiliates' hospital facility revenue bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort, as follows: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES (THE) METHODIST HOSPITALS, IN $75.2MM OUTSTANDING DEBT 'BB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BB+' rating to the following Indiana Health Facilities Financing Authority revenue bonds issued on behalf of Methodist Hospitals : ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MIDVALE CITY, UTAH WTR AND SWR REVS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A' rating on the following Midvale City, Utah bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES INDIANAPOLIS, IN'S AD VALOREM BONDS; AFFIRMS GO RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, Indiana bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES INDIANAPOLIS, IN'S STORMWATER REVENUE BONDS TO 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, Indiana bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH DWNGRS INDIANAPOLIS LOCAL PUBLIC IMPROV. BOND BANK, IN SER 2004E (FALL CREEK PROJ) TO 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank , IN bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES OWENSBORO MEDICAL HEALTH SYSTEM, KENTUCKY'S $502MM REVS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' rating to the following City of Owensboro, Kentucky health system revenue bonds: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH: MOUNT SINAI-NYU HEALTH SYSTEM OBLIGATED GROUP (NY) 2000A REVS RATING UNCHANGED ON REMARKETING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings' 'A-' rating with a Stable Outlook on the New York State Dormitory Authority revenue bonds series 2000A is unchanged following the remarketing of the bond. ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS WILSON, NORTH CAROLINA'S REVENUE BONDS AT 'AA-; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on the city of Wilson, North Carolina as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

23 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES NORFOLK, VIRGINIA'S $185.5MM GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the following general obligation bonds of the city of Norfolk, Virginia : ... more info

23 Dec 2009: U.S. BANK SELECTED AS TRUSTEE FOR LOUISVILLE WATER COMPANY'S 2009 BOND ISSUE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. & MINNEAPOLIS----U.S. Bank has been named trustee on the $202.9 million Louisville Water Company Water System Series 2009 Bonds. These bonds include Series 2009A issue of $116.2 million revenue and refunding tax exempt bonds, and Series 2009B issue of $86.7 million of new money. ... more info

23 Dec 2009: INFUSION HINTS AT GLENCORE IPO
Glencore opened up its equity capital to a group of investors by issuing up to $2.2 billion convertible bonds, a cash infusion that could be a precursor to an initial public offering. ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH REVISES OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE ON FREDERICK COUNTY, MD GOS; AFFIRMS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the following Frederick County, MD general obligation bonds: ... more info

22 Dec 2009: LAS VIRGENES MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT SUCCESSFULLY ISSUES $29.415 MILLION OF REFUNDING BONDS
LOS ANGELES----Stone & Youngberg, a leading underwriter of California water and wastewater bonds and the nation’s top underwriter of California municipal bonds over the past five years1, announced that it completed a $29,415,000 refunding for Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s outstanding bond debt. ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON SMUD-SUPPORTED (CA) PROJECT REVS
NEW YORK----Following a surveillance review of the four natural gas-fired, local generating projects utilized by Sacramento Municipal Utility District , Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on the projects' separately financed and secured revenue bonds. ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS INDIANTOWN COGENERATION AT 'BB'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BB' rating of Indiantown Cogeneration L.P. and Indiantown Cogeneration Funding Corp.'s taxable first mortgage bonds due 2010 and 2020 and tax-exempt facility revenue bonds due 2025. ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT TO 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' unenhanced long-term rating to the Indianapolis Airport Authority's approximately $30 million airport revenue bonds, series 2010A. Fitch also downgrades to 'A' from 'A+' its rating on the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank's $1.24 billion of outstanding bonds secured by airport revenues. ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS INDIANA HOUSING'S SINGLE FAMILY MTGE REVS 06 SER A-2 & 08 SER A-2 AT 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Jan. 25, 2010, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AAA/F1+' rating assigned to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority single family mortgage revenue bonds 2006 series A-2 and 2008 series A-2 . ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS JULIA DYCKMAN ANDRUS MEMORIAL (NEW YORK) BONDS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed its long term 'A-' rating on approximately $2.6 million County of Westchester Industrial Development Agency Civic Facility revenue bonds , series 1996. ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CLEARFIELD, UT SALES TAX REVENUE BONDS TO 'A+'; OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Clearfield, Utah as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CLEARFIELD, UTAH WATER REVENUE BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Clearfield, Utah as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

22 Dec 2009: STATES MARKET BONDS ABROAD
State governments may soon begin to aggressively market their bonds overseas. Illinois has registered its $3.5 billion bond sale in Europe. ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH REVISES OUTLOOK ON MTA'S REV BONDS AND DEDICATED TAX BONDS TO NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the following Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York transportation revenue bonds: ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH UPGRADES MASSACHUSETTS HFA HOUSING BONDS SERIES 2003F TO 'AAA'; CONFIRMS 'F1+' RATING
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Jan. 27, 2010, Fitch Ratings will take the following rating actions on the ratings assigned to the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency 2003 series F bonds: ... more info

22 Dec 2009: FITCH TO DOWNGRADE CPCFA (MARBORG INDUSTRIES PROJ) VAR-RATE REVS 2000A & 2002A TO 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Dec. 23, 2009, Fitch Ratings will downgrade the ratings assigned to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority variable rate demand solid waste disposal revenue bonds $2,720,000 series 2000A and $3,400,000 series 2002A to 'A/F1' from 'AA+/F1+'. ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS PEORIA, ARIZONA'S MDA REVS & UPGRADES TST REVS; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating actions on Peoria, Arizona as part of its continuous surveillance effort: --$13.4 million Municipal Development Authority revenue bonds, series 2003 and series 2006 affirmed at 'AA-'; --$45.2 million MDA senior lien transportation sales tax and subordinate lien excise tax and state shared revenue bonds, series 2008, upgraded to 'AA-' from 'A+'. ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES BRENTWOOD'S (MO) TIF REVS (BRENTWOOD SQUARE PROJECT) TO 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Brentwood, Missouri's tax increment refunding and improvements revenue bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES BRENTWOOD, MO'S TIF REVS (BRENTWOOD POINTE PROJECT) TO 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Brentwood, Missouri's tax increment financing refunding bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ILLINOIS FINANCE AUTH'S REVOLVING FUND REV BONDS AT 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----As part of its routine surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' rating on the Illinois Finance Authority's $175.4 million in outstanding revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2002 and 2004. ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTH, TX'S $426MM REFUNDING REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the following Lower Colorado River Authority, TX refunding revenue bonds: ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA'S GOS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina's approximately $12 million in general obligation bonds, series 2010A. The bonds will be issued as direct subsidy Build America Bonds and are expected to sell Jan. 20, 2009. ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (TEXAS) 2010 BONDS 'AA'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Texas Children's Hospital's upcoming $78.82 million series 2010 bonds issued through the Harris County Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corporation . ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS TACOMA, WASHINGTON'S 2004 REVENUE BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Tacoma, Washington as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES CHARLOTTE NORTH CAROLINA AIRPORT REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A+' rating to Charlotte, North Carolina's $133 million series 2010A fixed-rate airport revenue bonds and series 2010B fixed-rate airport revenue refunding bonds . ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH UPGRADES SCRIPPS HEALTH, CALIFORNIA TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the following California Health Facilities Financing Authority , CA revenue bonds: ... more info

21 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA POLLUTION CONTROL FIN AUTH'S 2009A VRDBS (MARBORG INDUSTRIES PROJECT) 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the $11,755,000 California Pollution Control Financing Authority's variable-rate demand solid waste disposal refunding revenue bonds series 2009A. ... more info

21 Dec 2009: CHIPMOS ANNOUNCES NEW INVESTMENT OF US$9.62 MILLION
ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES LTD. today announced that in a private placement it has entered into Convertible Bond Purchase Agreements with seven investors for the purchase of 8% Convertible Senior Bonds to be issued by the Company. ... more info

19 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: AS HOLIDAY SLOWDOWN NEARS, MARKETS CLIMB ON A CHOPPY DAY OF TRADING
Nasdaq got a lift after Oracle and Research In Motion both beat analysts’ forecasts in earnings reports late Thursday. ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MASSACHUSETTS WATER POLLUTION TRUST (MA WATER RESOURCES AUTH PRGRM) REVS AT 'AAA'
CHICAGO----As part of its continuous surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' ratings on the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust's $56.8 million in outstanding revenue bonds and the $63.8 million in outstanding subordinate revenue bonds . ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MASSACHUSETTS WATER POLLUTION TRUST (SOUTH ESSEX SEWERAGE DIST PRGRM) REVS AT 'AAA'
CHICAGO----As part of its continuous surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' ratings on the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust's $7.25 million in outstanding revenue bonds, series 1994A and 1996A. ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MASSACHUSETTS WATER POLLUTION TRUST'S (NEW BEDFORD LOAN PROGRAM) BONDS AT 'AAA'
CHICAGO----As part of its continuous surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' ratings on the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust's $5.89 million in outstanding revenue bonds, series 1996A and $98.5 million in outstanding subordinate revenue bonds, series 1998A. ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, IL'S $175MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Regional Transportation Authority, Illinois' approximately $58 million general obligation bonds, series 2010A, and approximately $117 million taxable GO bonds, series 2010B , scheduled for competitive sale the week of Jan. 4, 2010. ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CDFI PHASE I, LLC'S (TENNESSEE) SR REVS AT 'BBB-'; UPGRADES SUB REVS TO 'BB+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed its long-term 'BBB-' rating on approximately $66.1 million of outstanding Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board of the City of Chattanooga revenue refunding bonds, senior series 2005A . ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES IDAHO HOUSING AND FINANCE ASSOCIATION'S $84MM BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $84 million Idaho Housing and Finance Association grant and revenue anticipation bonds consisting of federal highway trust fund 2010 series A1 tax-exempt bonds and series A2 federally taxable direct pay Build America Bonds . ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH ASSIGNS 'AA' ASSURED GUARANTY MUNICIPAL CORP. INSURED ISSUE RATING; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp. Insurer Financial Strength rating of 'AA' with a Negative Rating Outlook to the issue listed below. As of Oct. 19, 2009, Fitch will solely provide insured ratings on bonds for which it has underlying ratings. ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS OHIO'S TRANSPORTATION BOND FUND REVS AT 'AA-'
CHICAGO----As part of its continuous surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' ratings on the outstanding $10.4 million State of Ohio Transportation project revenue bonds, state transportation infrastructure bond fund, series 2006-1 and 2006-2. ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REVS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to $276.37 million State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Forever revenue bonds, consisting of the following: ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON GOLDEN STATE TOBACCO SECURITIZATION CORP. (CA) 2003B BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'A-' long-term underlying rating on the following bond because it has been prerefunded: ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES PINNACLE CHARTER SCHOOL'S (COLORADO) REV BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the following Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority charter school revenue bonds issued on behalf of Pinnacle Charter School, Inc. : ... more info

18 Dec 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS PREREFUNDED BONDS FOR SALINE COUNTY HOSPITAL AUTHORITY NO. 1, NEBRASKA
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'A+' long-term rating on certain maturities for the following bond because it has been prerefunded: ... more info

18 Dec 2009: KY. GOVERNOR SAYS BRIDGES PROJECT MOVING FORWARD
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the sale of $100 million in bonds for a long-sought project to build two new Ohio River bridges linking the Louisville area with southern Indiana. ... more info

18 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: DOW SLIPS FOR A THIRD DAY, BUT THE DOLLAR STRENGTHENS
The dollar climbed to a three-month high against the euro, as equity markets declined on a weaker-than-expected jobs report and concerns over foreign debt. ... more info

18 Dec 2009: GERMAN DEBT LEVELS TO HIT BOND MARKET
Germany plans to sell a record $300 billion in government bonds in 2010 to cover a 10.5% rise in public spending, adding a new burden to the euro-zone's leading bond market. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: ZEAL FOR BONDS TO CAP FINANCING COSTS
The pace of new corporate bond sales is likely to slow in the new year, but demand will remain robust. As a result, companies will find attractive financing costs at least through the first half of the year. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA'S WATER AND SEWER REVENUE BONDS AT 'A'
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Port St. Lucie, Florida's water and sewer revenue bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFS METRO WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA $226MM SIFMA INDEX NOTES AT 'F1+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'F1+' rating as part of its continuous surveillance effort on the following Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's water revenue refunding bonds: ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA WATER AND SEWER REVENUE BONDS AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Okaloosa County, Florida water and sewer revenue bonds as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES ANNE ARUNDEL HEALTH SYSTEM, MARYLAND'S SERIES 2010 BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the following Maryland Health and Educational Facilities Financing Authority revenue bonds: ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES PORT OF SAN FRANCISCO'S 2010 REVS 'A', OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to approximately $36 million in Port Commission of the City and County of San Francisco revenue bonds, series 2010 . The bonds are expected to be issued in early January 2010. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CHILDREN'S SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL (NJ) AT 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'BBB' rating on the approximately $32 million outstanding New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority's fixed-rate revenue bonds series 2005A issued on behalf of Children's Specialized Hospital as part of its continuing surveillance effort. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: STONE & YOUNGBERG COMMUNITY BANK GROUP ISSUE BANK ANALYSIS SUMMARY REPORT
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation’s top underwriter of California and Arizona municipal bonds1, today announced that its Community Bank Group has issued its Third Quarter 2009 Bank Analysis Summary Report, providing a detailed financial overview of all community banks for which the firm makes a market. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES HAWAII HSG & COMM DEVELOPMENT CORP'S $100MM 2009A ESCROW BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AAA' to the $100,000,000 Hawaii Housing and Community Development single family mortgage purchase revenue bond program series 2009A . ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $600MM AVIATION REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the Miami-Dade County, Florida's $600 million aviation revenue bonds, series 2010A. The airport expects the overall bond issue to include a tax-exempt series and a second series issued under Build America Bond-Direct Payment Program. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES BOULDER COUNTY NEDERLAND COMMUNITY LIBRARY DISTRICT, COLORADO'S GOS 'BBB+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an initial 'BBB+' rating to Boulder County, Colorado Nederland Community Library District, Colorado's $1.9 million general obligation bonds, series 2009. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH TO UPGRADE CO HEALTH FACIL AUTH 2004B & KS DEV FIN AUTH 2004C (ADVENTIST HEALTH) TO 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Dec. 17, 2009, Fitch Ratings will upgrade to 'AA-/F1+' from 'A-/F1' the ratings assigned to the following Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Obligated Group bonds: ... more info

17 Dec 2009: ALLEGHENY ENERGY MOVES AHEAD WITH FORT MARTIN ENVIRONMENTAL BOND FINANCING
GREENSBURG, Pa.----Allegheny Energy, Inc. today announced that two of its affiliates have priced $85.9 million of environmental control bonds. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES OHIO $271MM GO REFUNDING BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA' ratings to State of Ohio's $271 million general obligation bonds as follows: ... more info

17 Dec 2009: NEW ORLEANS SELLS FIRST BONDS IN 2 YEARS
The city of New Orleans sold its first bonds in two years on Wednesday, a $40 million issue to Morgan Keegan & Co., with the proceeds slated for local street projects. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: GREECE DOWNGRADE HITS EURO
The euro slumped to its lowest level against the dollar in three months, and Greece's bond market continued sliding as investors demanded higher premiums for buying Greek government bonds. ... more info

17 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES END MIXED AS FED HOLDS RATES STEADY
The Fed reminded investors that it would end several of its extraordinary supports for the economy in the coming year. ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATINGS ON VARIOUS MASSACHUSETTS WATER POLLUTION ABATEMENT TRUST (MA) BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its 'AAA' long-term rating on certain maturities for the following bonds because they have been prerefunded: ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFS COLUMBUS-FRANKLIN COUNTY FINANCE AUTH (OHIO) BOND FUND REVS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB+' rating on the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, OH Central Ohio Regional Bond Fund's outstanding $3.08 million development revenue bonds, series 2007A and assigns a Negative Rating Outlook. ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DAYTON-MONTGOMERY COUNTY PORT AUTH, OHIO'S BOND FUND REVS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB+' rating on the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, Ohio's Bond Fund's outstanding $10.1 million tax-exempt development revenue bonds, and assigns a Negative Rating Outlook. ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES NY LIBERTY DEVEL CORP $12.5MM (WORLD TRADE CENTER PROJECT), SERIES 2009B 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $12,500,000 New York Liberty Development Corporation Multi-Modal Liberty Revenue Bonds, series 2009B . The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., . ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH TO UPGRADE HIGHLANDS CNTY (FL) HFA HOSP REVS 2003B, 2004A & 2005H
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Dec. 17, 2009, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the ratings currently assigned to the following $122,945,000 Highlands County Health Facilities Authority , Florida hospital revenue bonds : ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES $2.58B NY LIBERTY DEV CORP BDS, SERIES 2009A (WORLD TRADE CENTER PROJECT) 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $2,581,000,000 New York Liberty Development Corporation multi-modal liberty revenue bonds, series 2009A . The trustee, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, will hold proceeds of the 2009A bonds and the Issuer's $12,500,000 multi-modal liberty revenue bonds, series 2009B in the Project Fund under the bond indenture, which will be pledged only to the holders of the 2009A bonds. ... more info

16 Dec 2009: S&P CHANGE COULD AFFECT COVERED BONDS
The ratings agency put about €1.46 trillion of covered bonds from 98 issuance programs on CreditWatch negative or developing. ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS OLD DOMINION ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, VA'S BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Old Dominion Electric Cooperative Virginia as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES NYSERDA (NY) REVS (CON ED PROJECTS) SERIES 2004C 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades the ratings assigned to the $99,000,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority facilities revenue bonds, series 2004C-1 through C-3 to A/F1. ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY $30MM REV RFDG AND IMPROV BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $30,000,000 Red River Education Finance Corporation higher education revenue refunding and improvement bonds series 2010 . The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation during the week of January 4th or 11th, and will be used to fully advance refund series 2001 higher education variable-rate demand revenue bonds, and to fund various capital projects. ... more info

16 Dec 2009: FITCH TO DOWNGRADE L-T & CONFIRM S-T RTGS ON COLORADO HLTH FACILITIES AUTH 2005 ADJ RATE REVS
NEW YORK----Effective Dec. 17, 2009, Fitch Ratings will downgrade the long-term rating to 'A+' from 'AA-' and confirm the short-term rating at 'F1+' assigned to the $13,500,000 Colorado Health Facilities Authority adjustable rate revenue bonds series 2005. ... more info

16 Dec 2009: DUBAI'S $10 BILLION CASH CAME THROUGH BOND SALE
Abu Dhabi's $10 billion financial aid to fellow United Arab Emirates member Dubai to meet debt obligations was in the form of bonds, on similar terms to a $10 billion bond issue to the UAE central bank in February. ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the unenhanced 'AA-' rating on $1.9 million Texas State University System Board of Regents Revenue Financing System refunding bonds, series 1998. Fitch also retroactively assigns an 'AA-' unenhanced rating to various previously issued TSUS RFS bonds. ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FOREIGN DEMAND FOR U.S. ASSETS SOFTENS
Foreign demand for long-term U.S. financial assets softened in October, as investors sold corporate bonds and agency debt. ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FOREST CITY ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $511 MILLION TAX-EXEMPT BONDS FOR BARCLAYS CENTER AT ATLANTIC YARDS
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. today announced the pricing of $511 million of tax-exempt bonds to finance a portion of the construction of the Barclays Center arena at the Company's Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn.  The interest rate on the bonds was 6.48%.   ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ILLINOIS SPORTS FACIL AUTH BONDS TO 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades the rating on $397.8 million Illinois Sports Facilities Authority sports facilities bonds series 2001 to 'A-' from 'A+' as part of its continuous surveillance effort. ... more info

15 Dec 2009: STONE & YOUNGBERG CONTINUES NATIONAL GROWTH WITH NEW PUBLIC FINANCE HIRE IN ARIZONA
PHOENIX----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation’s top underwriter of Arizona and California municipal bonds1, continued its national growth with the announcement that Erika Miller will join the firm’s Arizona-based team as an associate in the Public Finance Group. ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA POLLUTION CONTROL FIN AUTH 2009A & B VRDBS (GARDEN CITY SANITATION) 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A/F1' to the following two series of California Pollution Control Financing Authority, variable rate demand solid waste disposal revenue bonds : ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES LONG BEACH USD, CALIFORNIA $84MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Long Beach Unified School District , California's $84.3 million 2009 general obligation refunding bonds, series C. Fitch also affirms the 'AA-' rating on the district's approximately $518 million of outstanding GO debt. ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FITCH: BRAZOS RIVER AUTH (TX) 1994A POLLUTION CONTROL REV RFDG BOND RTG UNCHANGED ON REMARKETING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings' 'CCC' rating with a Negative Outlook on the Brazos River Authority's pollution control revenue refunding bonds series 1994A is unchanged following the remarketing of the bond. ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES USTA NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER INC. VARIABLE RATE TAXABLE BONDS, SERIES 2009 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $10,600,000 USTA National Tennis Center Incorporated variable rate taxable bonds, series 2009. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA . ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES HORRY COUNTY, SC'S GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' to Horry County, South Carolina's approximately $12 million in general obligation bonds, series 2009A and 2009B. At the time of issuance, the county will decide whether to issue the bonds as tax-exempt series 2009A or direct subsidy Build America Bonds series 2009B. ... more info

15 Dec 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATINGS ON VARIOUS PREREFUNDED BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'AA' long-term rating on certain maturities for the following bond because it has been prerefunded: ... more info

15 Dec 2009: GREEK BONDS ARE UNDER PRESSURE
The yield premium that investors demand for holding Greek debt widened again. ... more info

15 Dec 2009: STONE & YOUNGBERG EXPANDS NATIONAL FOOTPRINT WITH NEW MIDWEST OFFICE SPACE
CHICAGO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation’s top underwriter of California and Arizona municipal bonds1, announced today that it has moved its Chicago operations into new office space. ... more info

14 Dec 2009: JUNK-BOND PREMIUMS FALL
Spreads on junk bonds have fallen to their lowest level in nearly two years as investors have piled into debt from lower-rated companies amid signs the economic recovery is gaining momentum. ... more info

14 Dec 2009: JUNK-BOND PREMIUMS NARROW
Spreads on junk bonds have fallen to their lowest level in nearly two years as investors have piled into debt from lower-rated companies amid signs the economic recovery is gaining momentum. ... more info

14 Dec 2009: ETFS LOOK TO EXPAND GROWTH
Investors have plowed money into exchange-traded funds tracking bonds and international stocks this year, and the pattern looks set to continue in 2010. ... more info

14 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL, FLORIDA'S OUTSTANDING BONDS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Tampa General Hospital as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

14 Dec 2009: BOFA MERRILL LYNCH GLOBAL RESEARCH FORECASTS A SLOW BUT STEADY GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN 2010
BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research released its Global Macro Year Ahead economic and market forecasts, projecting higher-than-consensus GDP growth, low inflation, a bullish outlook for equities, a strengthening U.S. dollar against select currencies and a less attractive outlook for government and corporate bonds. ... more info

12 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: DOW AND THE DOLLAR RISE ON SIGNS OF SPENDING
Stronger-than-expected figures for retail sales bolstered equities and the dollar. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: CAUTION WITH DIVIDEND-PAYING STOCKS
With the income from bonds withering away, investors are piling into dividend-paying stocks. Investors should be cautious. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS NORTON HEALTHCARE, KENTUCKY'S OUTSTANDING REVS AT 'A-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying rating on approximately $827.7 million revenue bonds issued on behalf of Norton Healthcare, Inc. at 'A-'. Issuers and corresponding par amounts are listed at the end of the release. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES MONMOUTH COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY, NJ COUNTY GTD REVS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AAA' rating to Monmouth County Improvement Authority , NJ's $15.146 million governmental pooled loan revenue bonds, series 2009. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS LORAIN COUNTY PORT AUTH, OHIO BOND FUND'S REVS AT 'BBB+'; ASSIGNS NEGATIVE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB+' rating on the Lorain County Port Authority Bond Fund's outstanding $1.01 million tax-exempt development revenue bonds, series 2005A and assigns a Negative Rating Outlook. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY MUNICIPAL WATER FINANCE AUTHORITY'S BANK BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to bank bonds corresponding to the following series of New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority bonds: ... more info

11 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS GREENWOOD VILLAGE SOUTH (INDIANA) AT 'BB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'BB+' rating on the approximately $35 million outstanding Indiana Health Facilities Financing Authority revenue bonds, series 1998 and 2006A, issued on behalf of Greenwood Village South. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA'S UTILITY REV BONDS AT 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings takes the following ratings action on Marco Island, Florida as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

11 Dec 2009: NEW ORLEANS MOVES CLOSER TO $40 MILLION BOND SALE
Good news for the city of New Orleans as it seeks to sell its first bonds since 2007: Moody's Investors Service has affirmed its investment-grade rating. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: A COMEBACK FOR MUNIS
Despite yawning state and local budget deficits, tax-sensitive investors are piling into municipal bonds ... more info

11 Dec 2009: STOCKS VS. BONDS: TAX STRATEGIES, STATE BY STATE
For wealthy investors, especially those living in states with high income taxes, tax-exempt municipal bonds could be a better play than stocks ... more info

11 Dec 2009: GLOBAL STOCKS AND OIL FIRMER AS CHINA, U.S. DATA REASSURES
World stocks extended gains and oil rebounded on Friday as upbeat data from China and the United States underscored an economic recovery, weighing on safe-haven government bonds and the low-yielding yen. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: TRIAL BY FIRE FOR NEW TCW MANAGERS
TCW's new managers suddenly are running $65 billion worth of complex mortgage securities and other bonds left behind by an ousted star bond manager. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: TRADE DATA HELPS LIFT SHARES, DESPITE JOB REPORT
The trade deficit narrowed in October but the number of newly laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose more than expected last week. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND OIL FIRMER AS DATA REASSSURES
World stocks extended gains and oil rebounded on Friday as upbeat data from China and the United States underscored an economic recovery, weighing on safe-haven government bonds and the low-yielding yen. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: NOMURA OFFICE FUND ANNOUNCES THE ISSUANCE OF THE SHORT-TERM INVESTMENT CORPORATION BONDS
TOKYO----Nomura Real Estate Office Fund, Inc. , a Japanese office building real estate investment trust , announces that it has determined to issue the short-term investment corporation bonds pursuant to the Law concerning Book-Entry Transfer of Corporation Bonds and stocks, etc., as briefly explained below. ... more info

11 Dec 2009: BRITISH BANK HOLDS STEADY ON RATES AND BOND PLAN
The Bank of England kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged and decided to keep its program of buying government bonds because signs of an economic recovery remained weak. ... more info

10 Dec 2009: TREASURYS FALL AGAIN AS 30-YR AUCTION DISAPPOINTS
Treasurys fell for a second day Thursday as an auction of 30-year bonds brought out fewer buyers. The disappointing auction followed another weak sale on Wednesday. ... more info

10 Dec 2009: FITCH UPGRADES DENVER, CO'S EXCISE TAX REV BONDS TO 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings upgrades to 'AA' from 'AA-' the rating on the City and County of Denver, Colorado's outstanding excise tax revenue refunding bonds, series 2003. ... more info

10 Dec 2009: FITCH DWNGRS SANGER PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY, CA LEASE REV RFDG BONDS TO 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Sanger Public Financing Authority, California as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

10 Dec 2009: NJ GOV-ELECT DEFENDS TRANSPORTATION BORROWING
Gov.-elect Chris Christie on Thursday defended his decision to go along with New Jersey's sale of more than $1.2 billion in bonds to pay for already approved transportation projects, saying it does not go against his promise to rein in state borrowing. ... more info

10 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES NEW HAMPSHIRE'S $125MM GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the State of New Hampshire's approximately $125 million general obligation bonds consisting of: ... more info

10 Dec 2009: FITCH RATES ORANGE COUNTY, NC'S $9.8MM RFDG GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following Orange County, North Carolina general obligation bonds: ... more info

10 Dec 2009: TREASURYS SLIDE AFTER AUCTION
Treasury prices tumbled after a poorly bid auction for 30-year bonds, which could revive worries over funding the federal budget deficit. ... more info

10 Dec 2009: BRITISH BANK HOLDS STEADY ON RATES AND BUYBACK PLAN
The Bank of England kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged and decided to keep its program of buying government bonds because signs of an economic recovery remained weak. ... more info

10 Dec 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS VANDERBURGH COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, INDIANA'S TIF REVS AT 'BBB'
NEW YORK----As part of its continuous surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB' rating on the following Vanderburgh County Redevelopment District, Indiana bonds: ... more info

10 Dec 2009: FITCH UPGRADES DALLAS, TX'S SPORTS ARENA PROJECT SPECIAL TAX BONDS TO 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Dallas, Texas' Sports Arena Project as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

10 Dec 2009: STRONG DEMAND AT JAPAN BOND AUCTION
The government sold nearly $25 billion of the government bonds at a low price of 100.15 yen, in line with expectations, yielding 0.469%. ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS MARYLAND TRANSP AUTH. SER 2002 PARKING REVS AT 'A-' & SER 2003 PFC BONDS AT 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A-' rating on the Maryland Transportation Authority's series 2002 airport parking revenue bonds. Fitch also affirms the 'A' rating on the MdTA's outstanding series 2003 variable-rate passenger facility charge revenue bonds. ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES MEMPHIS-SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTH (TN) REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, Tennessee's revenue bonds: ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES JERSEY CITY'S (NJ) QUALIFIED GENERAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the following Qualified General Improvement Bonds of Jersey City, NJ: ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES HARFORD COUNTY MD ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND $52.2MM SER 2009 MILITARY HSG PROJ BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A+' to the $52.2 million Harford County Maryland Aberdeen Proving Ground military housing project 2009 bonds, federally taxable military housing bonds. ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT'S TAXABLE GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the State of Connecticut's taxable general obligation bonds . The bonds will be sold Dec. 15 via negotiation, and will mature Dec. 1, 2020-2023 and Dec. 1, 2029. ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS PIMA COUNTY METRO WATER, ARIZONA'S WATER REVS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the following Pima County Metropolitan Domestic Water Improvement District, Arizona's water revenue refunding bonds: ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : ATNA ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF GOLD PARTICIPATING BOND OFFERING
Atna Resources Ltd. -- is pleased to announce that, further to its news release dated November 23, 2009, it has closed a private placement offering (the of US$14.5 million of Gold Participating Bonds . ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES NYC MUNI WATER FIN AUTH, NY'S $200MM WATER & SEWER BONDS FISCAL 2010 SER CC 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $200,000,000 New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority's Water and Sewer System Second General Resolution revenue bonds, adjustable-rate fiscal 2010 series CC. ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS NAPA-VALLEJO WASTE MGT AUTH, CA REV BONDS AT 'A-'
NEW YORK----As part of its continuous surveillance effort, Fitch affirms its 'A-' rating to the Napa-Vallejo Waste Management Authority, California's $5.2 million in outstanding 2004 revenue refunding bonds The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH TO UPGRADE HIGHLANDS CNTY (FL) HFA HOSP REVS 2005F TO 'AA-/F1+ & 2007D TO 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Dec. 10, 2009, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the ratings currently assigned to the following $135,100,000 Highlands County Health Facilities Authority , Florida hospital revenue bonds : ... more info

9 Dec 2009: MUNICIPAL DEBT LOOKS SET TO GROW
State and local governments are poised to ramp up municipal-bond sales by 14% next year, largely because of an increase of federally subsidized, taxable Build America Bonds. ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES HOWARD BEND LEVEE DIST, MO SER 2005 BONDS TO 'BBB'; AFFIRMS SER 2007 AT 'BBB'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the Howard Bend Levee District , Missouri's levee district refunding and improvement bonds series 2005 to 'BBB' from 'A-'. Fitch also affirms the district's levee district improvement bonds series 2007 at 'BBB'. ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : FITCH TELECONFERENCE: NORTH TARRANT EXPRESS RATING, TODAY @ 2PM EST
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will host a teleconference today Dec. 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. EST to discuss the current rating analysis for the North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners, LLC's approximately $400 million senior lien revenue bonds issued by the Texas Private Activity Bond Surface Transportation Corporation. ... more info

9 Dec 2009 : 4 EXOTIC INVESTMENTS FOR DIVERSIFICATION
Adding these assets to your portfolio can diversify your exposure beyond U.S. stocks and bonds. ... more info

9 Dec 2009: SPAIN STOCKS, BONDS HIT BY S&P MOVE
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its outlook on Spain to "negative," saying the country will likely see "significantly lower" economic growth. ... more info

9 Dec 2009: SPAIN STOCKS, BONDS HIT BY S&P MOVE
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its outlook on Spain to "negative," saying the country will likely see "significantly lower" economic growth. ... more info

9 Dec 2009: ARE YOUR U.S. TREASURY BONDS SAFE?
It's unlikely that the U.S. would default on its debts, but the price of insurance against such a default has jumped lately. Individual investors should consider whether current rates of return for Treasurys outweigh the risks of inflation or default, writes Brett Arends. ... more info

9 Dec 2009: WORRIES OVER EXPORTS SEND ASIAN SHARES DOWN
Asian stocks slid and government bonds mostly rose Wednesday after U.S. corporate news increased worries about export demand. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : TREASURYS RISE ON SIGNS OF SLOW ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Treasurys rose Tuesday amid renewed caution about the speed and strength of an economic recovery. A successful auction of three-year notes reinforced demand for government-backed bonds. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : NEW ORLEANS OVERCOMES 1 OBSTACLE TOWARD BOND SALE
Fitch Ratings has affirmed an investment-grade bond rating for the city of New Orleans. This moves the city one step closer to selling its first bonds in two years. A $40 million bond sale, tentatively set for Dec. 16, still hinges on favorable ratings from Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES VERMONT HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY'S $102MM 2009A ESCROW BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AAA' to the $102,000,000 Vermont Housing Finance Agency mortgage revenue bonds , series 2009A . The Rating Outlook for the bonds is Stable. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW ORLEANS, LA SERIES 2010A GOS 'BBB'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB' rating to the City of New Orleans, Louisiana's public improvement bonds, issue of 2010A. The bonds are scheduled for a competitive sale on Dec. 16, 2009. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH WITHDRAWS RATINGS OF TEXAS PERMANENT UNIVERSITY FUND, SERIES 2009C REFUNDING BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn the 'AAA' rating on the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System permanent university fund refunding bonds, series 2009C because the bond issue has been indefinitely postponed, pending an improvement in market conditions for a refunding. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH'S $181MM LTGO BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating on Cuyahoga County, OH's following various purpose, general obligation bonds as follows: ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES IDAHO HOUSING & FINANCE ASSOCIATION'S $35MM 2009C & $172.1MM 2009-1 BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2009 series C and 2009 series 1: ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES UTAH HOUSING CORP'S $60MM 2009 SERIES C & $125MM 2009 SERIES D BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Utah Housing Corporation's single-family mortgage bonds, 2009 series C and D: ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD, TEXAS' $55.1MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the following schoolhouse bonds for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, TX : ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES WEST PALM BEACH, FL'S PST REV BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the city of West Palm Beach, Florida's approximately $12.2 million of public service tax revenue bonds. Proceeds will be used to refinance outstanding PST revenue bonds for debt service savings. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN'S WATER REVS TO 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to Kalamazoo, Michigan's $8 million water supply system revenue bonds, series 2009. Concurrently, Fitch downgrades to 'A+' from 'AA-' the rating on $22.8 million of outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS NEWMAN RDA, CALIFORNIA, TABS AT 'BBB'
NEW YORK----As part of its continuous surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB' rating for the $2.7 million outstanding Newman, CA Redevelopment Agency tax allocation bonds , series 1997. ... more info

8 Dec 2009: GREEK DEBT BURDEN ROILS MARKETS
Markets reacted sharply to a downgrade of Greece's credit rating, sending the euro as well as Greek bonds and equities lower amid rising fears that Greece's growing problems could turn into the most serious debt crisis that the euro zone has faced. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : SALT LAKE COUNTY TOUTS GOOD BOND RATINGS
Salt Lake County says it's one of 20 counties nationwide to win Triple A ratings for taxpayer-backed bonds. The high marks from Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investor Service and Standard and Poor's mean lower interest rates. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH TELECONFERENCE: NORTH TARRANT EXPRESS RATING, TOMORROW @ 2PM EST
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will host a teleconference on tomorrow Dec. 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. EST to discuss the current rating analysis for the North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners, LLC's approximately $400 million senior lien revenue bonds issued by the Texas Private Activity Bond Surface Transportation Corporation. ... more info

8 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES ALASKA HOUSING FINANCE CORP'S $193.1MM 2009A MTGE REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the $193.1 million Alaska Housing Finance Corporation's mortgage revenue bonds, 2009 series A. Additionally, Fitch affirms the 'AAA' rating on AHFC's $235 million outstanding mortgage revenue bonds and assigns a Stable Outlook to the program. ... more info

8 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET STALLS AFTER FED’S COMMENTS
Investors were concerned about the pace of recovery after Mr. Bernanke suggested that interest rates would remain low until the economy firmed up. ... more info

7 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS CIVICVENTURES (ANCHORAGE), AK $110MM HOTEL TAX REVS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----As part of continuing surveillance efforts, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A' rating on CivicVentures' outstanding $109.7 million revenue bonds, series 2006 . The Rating Outlook is Revised to Negative. ... more info

7 Dec 2009: COMPANIES RUSH TO SELL BONDS
Companies announced plans to sell at least $6 billion of bonds, tapping investors' seemingly insatiable demand for new corporate debt to stock up on relatively cheap cash. ... more info

7 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS GREENVILLE, TEXAS WW & SS REVS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A+' rating on the City of Greenville, Texas' outstanding waterworks and sewer system revenue bonds as follows: ... more info

7 Dec 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES DEBT SECURED BY PHILADELPHIA, PA'S GO PLEDGE; REMOVES RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Consistent with Fitch Ratings' downgrade of the City of Philadelphia, PA's general obligation bonds to 'BBB' from 'BBB+' and removal from Rating Watch Negative, Fitch also downgrades to 'BBB' from 'BBB+', and removes from Rating Watch Negative the following issuers' bonds: ... more info

7 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS KALKASKA COUNTY HOSP AUTH'S (MICHIGAN) GO BONDS AT 'BBB'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings takes the following rating action on Kalkaska County Hospital Authority, Michigan as part of its continuous surveillance effort: ... more info

7 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES SARASOTA, FL NON AD VALOREM REV BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the city of Sarasota, Florida's approximately $8.7 million in non ad valorem revenue bonds, series 2009. The bonds will be issued as recovery economic zone Build America Bonds and are expected to price the week of Dec. 16. ... more info

7 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT'S 2009 GOS RFDG BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the town of Manchester, Connecticut's $4.9 million of general obligation refunding bonds, consisting of the following issues: ... more info

7 Dec 2009: JAPANESE MARKET: BRING ON MORE BONDS
Japanese government bond investors and primary dealers told the finance ministry that the market is able to absorb more 30-year debt. First Ship Lease trust dropped its planned bond, citing the cost. ... more info

5 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SURPRISING JOBS REPORT GIVES THE DOLLAR A BOOST
After surging more than 1 percent on a better-than-expected jobs report, shares on Wall Street fell back. ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES SUMMIT COUNTY PORT AUTH, OHIO'S REVS TO 'BBB-'; MAINTAINS RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings downgrades the Summit County Port Authority, Ohio bond fund's outstanding $40.2 million development revenue bonds to 'BBB-' from 'BBB+'. Fitch maintains the ratings on Rating Watch Negative; they were first placed on Rating Watch Negative on Nov. 26, 2008 in conjunction with the initiation of a review by Fitch of its default and recovery assumptions and the methodology by which it applied these in assigning ratings to this and similar economic development bond fund programs. ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES MAINE MUNICIPAL BOND BANK'S $38.3MM REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Maine Municipal Bond Bank's $38,285,000 general tax-exempt fund group bonds, series 2009H. The 2009H bonds are expected to sell during the week of Dec. 14, 2009 via negotiation. ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : MARKETAXESS: NOVEMBER TRADING MORE THAN DOUBLED
MarketAxess Holdings Inc., which operates an electric trading platform for corporate bonds, said Friday its monthly trading volume more than doubled in November. ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA'S $57.5MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota's $57,480,000 taxable general obligation tax increment refunding bonds , series 2009D. ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES COLORADO REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT'S $42MM SALES TAX REVS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Regional Transportation District, Colorado's $42,025,000 million sales tax revenue refunding bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are expected to be sold through negotiation on or about Dec. 15. ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES PARTNERS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, MA'S 2009 SERIES J 'AA', AFFS OUTSTANDING DEBT
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' to Partners HealthCare System's approximately $475 million Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds , fixed-rate revenue bonds, series 2009J, which are expected to be sold as two sub series. ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY'S GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the state of New Jersey's approximately $205 million general obligation bonds and $4.15 million GO bonds . The bonds will be offered competitively on Dec. 8, 2009. ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES BERNALILLO COUNTY, NM'S GO BONDS 'AA+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+' to Bernalillo County , New Mexico's $10.8 million general obligation bonds, series 2009A, which are scheduled to sell competitively the week of Dec. 7. ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS HILLSBOROUGH CNTY, FL SOLID WASTE AND RESOURCE RECOVERY REVS AT 'A'
NEW YORK----As part of its continuous surveillance efforts Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A' rating to Hillsborough County, Florida's outstanding $150.5 million solid waste and resource recovery revenue bonds including: ... more info

4 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY'S $1.4B GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to New York City's $1.4 billion general obligation bonds, fiscal 2010, consisting of the following: ... more info

17 Nov 2009: : FUNDS BET BUILD AMERICA BOND DEAL GETS EXTENDED
The first mutual fund and exchange-traded fund focusing on Build America Bonds came to market on Tuesday, suggesting that investors believe lawmakers will continue support for these new, taxable municipal securities. ... more info

3 Nov 2009: : TREASURY FUNDS' BEST DAYS MAY BE DONE
Treasury bonds are typically seen as a safe and unspectacular part of the market, a safety-first asset class with negligible returns. So the 5.2% annualized gain enjoyed by the average Treasury bond mutual-fund over the past decade may surprise many investors. ... more info

4 Dec 2009: JUNK DEBT'S BANNER YEAR TO EXTEND TO 2010
High-yield bonds—particularly the riskier ones—may not have run their course just yet. And that's after the 53% gain so far this year. ... more info

4 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES BREAK WINNING STREAK AHEAD OF JOBS REPORT
Wall Street opened stronger but then settled back on Thursday as the government reported that new jobless benefit claims fell unexpectedly for a fifth week. ... more info

3 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES MANCHESTER, NH'S RFDG AIRPORT REVS 'A-'; DOWNGRADES OUTSTANDING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the City of Manchester, New Hampshire's approximately $65 million of general airport revenue bonds, refunding series 2009. Fitch also downgrades its rating on the outstanding airport revenue bonds to 'A-' from 'A'. ... more info

3 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY $600MM BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA' to the Massachusetts School Building Authority's $600 million dedicated sales tax bonds, consisting of 2009 series A tax-exempt bonds and 2009 series B federally taxable-direct pay to issuer-Build America Bonds. ... more info

3 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS DEV FIN AGENCY $20MM BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA' to Massachusetts Development Finance Agency $20 million special obligation bonds series 2009A. The bonds are scheduled to be sold the week of Dec. 7, 2009 through negotiation. ... more info

3 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA'S GOS AND SALES TAX; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----As part of its continuous surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms the City of Port St. Lucie, Florida's outstanding GO bonds at 'A+' and outstanding sales tax revenue bonds at 'A'. ... more info

3 Dec 2009 : FITCH TELECONFERENCE: NORTH TARRANT EXPRESS RATING, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 2009 @ 2PM EST
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will host a teleconference on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. EST to discuss the current rating analysis for the North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners, LLC's approximately $400 million senior lien revenue bonds issued by the Texas Private Activity Bond Surface Transportation Corporation. ... more info

3 Dec 2009: TREASURY PRICES DROP AHEAD OF PAYROLLS
Treasury prices fell Thursday as market participants pared back on U.S. government bonds heading into Friday's nonfarm payrolls report, and as investors began to set up for next week's round of Treasury auctions. ... more info

3 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES $530MM BUILD ILLINOIS BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to $530 million State of Illinois Build Illinois series A and B of December 2009. The series A bonds are expected to be sold by competitive bid Dec. 10, 2009 and the series B bonds by negotiation Dec. 17, 2009. ... more info

3 Dec 2009 : U.S. BANK SELECTED AS TRUSTEE AND FISCAL AGENT FOR MORE THAN $5.2 BILLION IN MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BONDS
BOSTON & MINNEAPOLIS----U.S. Bank has been named trustee and fiscal agent for $218.3 million in bonds for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority . ... more info

3 Dec 2009 : RETIREES: LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP INTO PREFERRED STOCK
These securities are no substitute for bonds. ... more info

3 Dec 2009 : THINKING OF BUYING BONDS? USE CAUTION
Improvement in the economy and a rise in interest rates will affect the price of bonds. ... more info

3 Dec 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: RESULTS HOLD STEADY ON FED’S UPBEAT REPORT
Most stocks finished higher after the Fed said regional economic activity had generally improved since its last snapshot in October. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTRIC & GAS COMPANY ANNOUNCES DEBT OFFERING
CAYCE, S.C.----South Carolina Electric & Gas Company announced today that it sold, in a negotiated offering, $150 million principal amount of its First Mortgage Bonds, 5.50 percent series due December 15, 2039. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS' TOLL REVS 'AA-'/'F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to the Harris County Toll Road Authority's toll road bonds: ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES MANSFIELD, TEXAS' WATER AND SEWER REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA-' rating to the City of Mansfield, Texas' $2.5 million waterworks and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2009. Additionally, Fitch affirms the 'AA-' rating for the city's $54.4 million waterworks and sewer system revenue bonds outstanding. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: LAREDO, TEXAS' WATER & SEWER BONDS AFFIRMED AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on Laredo, Texas' $41.9 million of outstanding waterworks and sewer system revenue bonds . ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH ASSIGNS 'AA-' ASSURED GUARANTY INSURED ISSUE RATING; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an Assured Guaranty Insurer Financial Strength rating of 'AA-' with a Negative Rating Outlook to the issues listed below. As of Oct. 19, 2009, Fitch will solely provide insured ratings on bonds for which it has underlying ratings. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH WITHDRAWS RATINGS ON VARIOUS LAX AIRPORT (CALIFORNIA) BONDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its long-term ratings for certain maturities on the following Los Angeles Department of Airports , CA bonds: ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH UPGRADES RATINGS FOR CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC RECOVERY BONDS SER 2004C-1 THROUGH C-5
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the 'A/F1' ratings assigned to the $500,000,000 State of California, economic recovery bonds, series 2004 C-1 through C-5. The rating action is in connection with the substitution of the original standby bond purchase agreements with letters of credit fully securing the bonds as follows: Bank of America, N.A. is the LOC provider for the series 2004C-1, C-2, C-3 and C-5 bonds; and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. is the LOC provider for the series 2004C-4 bonds. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES OREGON (SAGE HOLLOW RANCH) SER 223 $3MM VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $3,000,000 State of Oregon business development revenue bonds , series 223. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay confirming letter of credit issued by CoBank, ACB. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA $33MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following Henrico County , Virginia's water and sewer system revenue bonds: ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA WATER RESOURCES BOARD $100MM SRF REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board's $100 million of revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2010 - master trust. The series 2010 bonds are scheduled to price during the week of Dec. 7, 2009 via negotiation. ... more info

2 Dec 2009: FEW DEALS IN EMERGING-MARKET BONDS
Is now the time to invest in an emerging-market bond fund? Panic caused by the Dubai crisis nudged down prices—but not enough to make a difference, writes Brett Arends. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : SANTANDERS UK SAVINGS BRANDS LAUNCHES NEW ISSUE FIXED RATE BONDS
Today, Wednesday 2 December, Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley are launching a new range of Fixed Rate Bonds, available to both new and existing customers. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S $647MM INCOME TAX REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA' rating to the District of Columbia's $46.7 million income tax secured revenue bonds, series 2009D and $600 million income tax secured revenue bonds, series 2009E . ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : U.S. BANK SELECTED AS TRUSTEE, REGISTRAR AND PAYING AGENT FOR BOND ISSUES AT UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BUILDING AUTHORITY
SHREWSBURY, Mass. & MINNEAPOLIS----U.S. Bank has been named trustee, registrar and paying agent for nearly $550 million in Project Revenue Bonds for the University of Massachusetts Building Authority. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : GREECE SAYS IT WON'T DEFAULT ON BONDS
Greece's finance minister promised Wednesday that the country would not default on its loans as the cost of insuring its bonds soared to the highest among the 16 nations that use the euro. ... more info

2 Dec 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: DUBAI CONCERNS EASED, WALL ST. MOVES UP
Wall Street began a new month by pushing higher Tuesday as concerns about Dubai’s debt started to ease. ... more info

2 Dec 2009 : STONE & YOUNGBERG EXPANDS UTILITY PRACTICE WITH $168 MILLION CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES FINANCING
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds over the past five years1, announced today that it has completed a $168 million water utility financing for the California Department of Water Resources . ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : PNM RESOURCES ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL REMARKETING OF TAX-EXEMPT BONDS
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.----PNM Resources' New Mexico utility, PNM, today announced the successful remarketing of $36 million of tax-exempt revenue bonds issued by the Maricopa County, Arizona Pollution Control Corporation. ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA'S 1/2 CENT SALES TAX BONDS 'AA'; UPGRADES CST TO 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Sarasota County, Florida's 1/2 cent local government sales tax, series 2009A and 2009B. Series 2009A will be issued as Build America Bonds while series 2009B will be issued as Recovery Zone BABs. ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH TO CONFIRM S-T 'F1+' RATING ON OKLAHOMA TURNPIKE REFUNDING REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2006C
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Dec. 3, 2009, Fitch Ratings will confirm the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority , $106,160,000 Oklahoma Turnpike system refunding second senior revenue bonds , series 2006C. ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH UPGRADES PARKER, COLORADO'S SALES TAX BONDS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has upgraded its rating to 'AA-' from 'A+' on $14.6 million of sales and use tax revenue bonds, series 2006 issued by the Town of Parker, Colorado . ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES DEBORAH HEART & LUNG CENTER (NEW JERSEY) TO 'B-'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'B-' from 'BBB' the outstanding $-22.7 million New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority's revenue bonds, Deborah Heart and Lung Center , series 1993. ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY EDA $27MM REV RFDG BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority's $27,130,000 refunding revenue bonds series 2009 . The bonds, which are expected to be offered competitively on Dec. 9, are being issued to refinance certain outstanding bonds as part of the state of New Jersey's debt restructuring efforts for budget relief. ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS CITY OF SARASOTA, FL ENTERPRISE SYSTEM REVS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A+' rating on Sarasota Florida's $32.8 million of outstanding enterprise system revenue bonds. The bonds are secured by a net revenue pledge of the city's water and wastewater utility system . ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES OHIO'S $40MM CAPITAL FACILITIES BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns 'AA-' ratings to $40 million State of Ohio capital facilities bonds, consisting of: ... more info

1 Dec 2009: DUBAI WOES HURT ISLAMIC BONDS
Dubai World's debt problems are dealing a blow to the broader market for Islamic bonds, which only recently showed signs of reviving after getting crushed by the global financial crisis. ... more info

1 Dec 2009: NO GREAT BUYS IN EMERGING-MARKET BONDS
Is now the time to invest in an emerging-market bond fund? Panic caused by the Dubai crisis nudged down prices—but not enough to make a difference, writes Brett Arends. ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES VIRGIN ISLANDS' CRUZAN MATCHING FUND BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB-' rating to $39.98 million in Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority subordinated revenue bonds , series 2009A. The bonds are expected to sell Dec. 8, 2009 via negotiation, and will be due Sept. 1, 2010-2040. ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH RATES WAKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $151MM LTD OBLIGATION BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to Wake County, North Carolina's approximately $151.2 million limited obligation bonds series 2010. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on Dec. 10, 2009. ... more info

1 Dec 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES KNOWLEDGEFUNDING OF OHIO 2005 INDENTURE SUBORDINATE BONDS; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the ratings on the senior student loan notes and downgrades the subordinate bonds of the KnowledgeFunding of Ohio 2005 Indenture of Trust; removing any ratings from Negative Watch and assigning Stable Outlooks to all ratings. ... more info

1 Dec 2009: RETAIL INVESTORS BOOST CASH HOLDINGS, AAII SAYS
NEW YORK -- Individual investors moved assets back into cash in November, after three months of increasing holdings of stocks and bonds, according to a new survey by the American Association of Individual Investors. The proportion of holdings in cash rose about 8 percentage points to 27% of assets last month. Investors decreased both equity and fixed-income holdings, with stock holdings falling about 2 percentage point to 57% of assets. Bond holdings dropped 6 points to 18%. Cash holdings in October fell to the lowest since July 2007, as Americans became more willing to invest in higher-returning assets as the economy improved. ... more info

1 Dec 2009: BOJ TAKES MONETARY EASING STEPS
Japan`s central bank will provide a new $116 billion lending facility and take Japanese government bonds, corporate bonds and commercial paper as collateral. ... more info

30 Nov 2009: FITCH RATES NEW HAMPSHIRE MUNI BOND BANK'S 2005 RESOLUTION BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank's approximately $30 million 2009 series E non-guaranteed bonds, issued under the 2005 General Bond Resolution . ... more info

30 Nov 2009: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA COLLEGE BUILDING AUTHORITY'S $447MM REVS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the Virginia College Building Authority's 21st Century College and Equipment Programs bonds as follows: ... more info

30 Nov 2009: FITCH RATES ONONDAGA COUNTY, NEW YORK'S $42.27MM 2009A GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Onondaga County, NY's $42.27 million general obligation refunding bonds, 2009 . The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on Dec. 3, 2009. ... more info

30 Nov 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS PENSACOLA, FLORIDA'S NON AD VALOREM REV BONDS AT 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA-' rating on Pensacola, Florida's approximately $45.9 million in non ad valorem revenue bonds, series 2009A and series 2009B. At the time of issuance, the city will decide whether to issue tax-exempt series 2009A or direct subsidy Build America Bonds series 2009B. ... more info

30 Nov 2009: FITCH RATES KENTUCKY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCE AUTH'S REV REFUNDING BONDS SER 2009B 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $38,150,000 Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority's adjustable-rate hospital facilities revenue refunding bonds, series 2009B . ... more info

30 Nov 2009: FITCH RATES DIXIE ESD, CA'S $2.3MM LRBS 'AA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Dixie Elementary School District , California's lease revenue bonds , series 2009, with a Negative Rating Outlook. Fitch also affirms the 'AA+' rating on the district's approximately $8.1 million of outstanding general obligation bonds, and revises the Rating Outlook to Negative from Stable. ... more info

30 Nov 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS PRESCOTT VALLEY MPC, ARIZONA'S EXCISE TAX REVS; REVISES OUTLOOK TO STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A+' rating on Prescott Valley Municipal Property Corporation, Arizona's $36.7 million outstanding municipal facility revenue bonds. ... more info

30 Nov 2009: FITCH RTS GEORGIA DEV AUTH OGLETHORPE POWER CORP'S $112MM POLLUTION CONTROL REV BONDS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'AA+/F1+' rating to the following: ... more info

30 Nov 2009: AQUILA HIRES LOCALLY-BASED CO-MANAGER FOR TAX-FREE FUND FOR UTAH
NEW YORK----Aquila Investment Management LLC has announced that Salt Lake City-based James Thompson has joined the company as the new co-portfolio manager and Vice President of Tax-Free Fund For Utah, a municipal bond fund that invests in bonds which are exempt from Utah state and regular federal income taxes. ... more info

30 Nov 2009: GRUPO DE INVERSIONES SURAMERICANA HAS SUCCESSFULLY PLACED AN ISSUE OF ORDINARY BONDS
This Wednesday, Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana satisfactorily closed its public offering of 250,000 ordinary bonds, for which it received bids equivalent to 5.3 times the amount offered and allotted, that is to say COP $250,000 million. ... more info

30 Nov 2009: GRANNY'S GIFT: A SAVINGS BOND AT CHRISTMAS
The grandkids would probably prefer greenbacks but with bonds, she's helping them learn how to save. ... more info

28 Nov 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: DUBAI’S INVESTMENT FUND CRISIS UNNERVES INVESTORS FOR A SECOND DAY
American markets closed sharply lower after weighing troubles at Dubai World, the Persian Gulf investment vehicle, that caused markets to slump in Europe and Asia. ... more info

30 Nov 2009: BOJ HINTS MARKET SUPPORT POSSIBLE
The governor of the Bank of Japan said the bank will act decisively in the event of renewed financial market turmoil, his strongest hint yet at fresh support for the economy that analysts say could involve buying more government bonds or a return to quantitative easing. ... more info

28 Nov 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: DUBAI’S INVESTMENT FUND CRISIS UNNERVES INVESTORS FOR A SECOND DAY
American markets closed sharply lower after weighing troubles at Dubai World, the Persian Gulf investment vehicle, that caused markets to slump in Europe and Asia. ... more info

29 Nov 2009: GREECE AIMS TO SELL BONDS TO CHINESE BANKS
The Greek government is trying to sell at least $16.7 billion worth of bonds to Chinese banks as part of its efforts to refinance the country's massive public debt, a person familiar with the situation said. ... more info

29 Nov 2009: GREECE AIMS TO SELL BONDS TO CHINESE BANKS
The Greek government is trying to sell at least $16.7 billion worth of bonds to Chinese banks as part of its efforts to refinance the country's massive public debt, a person familiar with the situation said. ... more info

28 Nov 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: DUBAI’S INVESTMENT FUND CRISIS UNNERVES INVESTORS FOR A SECOND DAY
American markets closed sharply lower after weighing troubles at Dubai World, the Persian Gulf investment vehicle, that caused markets to slump in Europe and Asia. ... more info

28 Nov 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: DUBAI’S INVESTMENT FUND CRISIS UNNERVES INVESTORS FOR A SECOND DAY
American markets closed sharply lower after weighing troubles at Dubai World, the Persian Gulf investment vehicle, that caused markets to slump in Europe and Asia. ... more info

27 Nov 2009: DUBAI CREDITORS FORM GROUP
A group of about 15 or 20 investors in bonds of Dubai World's real-estate subsidiary have come together in an effort to explore their options, after suffering huge losses. ... more info

27 Nov 2009: SHARES SLIP ON DUBAI WOES, BONDS IN DEMAND
Dubai debt default concerns continued to send shockwaves across the world on Friday, with heightened risk aversion pushing global equities sharply lower and prompting investors to take refuge in government bonds. ... more info

26 Nov 2009: DUBAI DEBT DELAY RATTLES STOCK, BOND MARKETS
Shares in banks, builders and companies part-owned in the Middle East fell around the world on Thursday and investors sought safety in government bonds on worries about Dubai's ability to pay its debts. ... more info

25 Nov 2009: CENTERPOINT ENERGY SUBSIDIARY CLOSES ON LOW-COST SECURITIZATION BONDS TO RECOVER HURRICANE IKE RESTORATION COSTS
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. announced today that CenterPoint Energy Restoration Bond Company, LLC closed on the sale of $664.8 million in storm recovery bonds, also known as securitization bonds, to recover costs CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC incurred in 2008 to restore service following Hurricane Ike. ... more info

25 Nov 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS TACOMA, WASHINGTON'S LTGOS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Tacoma, WA's $48.7 million limited tax general obligation bonds, series 2009A , B , C , D, E, and F . Fitch also affirms the 'AA-' rating on the $111 million in outstanding Tacoma, WA's LTGO bonds. ... more info

25 Nov 2009: FITCH RATES PIEDMONT MUNI POWER AGENCY'S (SOUTH CAROLINA) $217.17MM ELECTRIC REVS 'BBB+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' rating to the following 2009 series of Piedmont Municipal Power Agency's electric system revenue bonds: ... more info

25 Nov 2009: FITCH RATES MUNI BLDG AUTH OF SALT LAKE COUNTY'S (UT) $84.1MM LEASE REVS 'AA+'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Municipal Building Authority of Salt Lake County's $84.1 million lease revenue bonds, series 2009A and 2009B . Fitch also upgrades its rating to 'AA+' from 'AA' on the authority's lease revenue bonds, series 1997 and lease revenue refunding bonds, series 2001, which together total $26 million. ... more info

25 Nov 2009: FITCH RATES SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA'S $9.6MM 2009 LEASE REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to $9.6 million City of Santa Monica Public Financing Authority, California's lease revenue refunding bonds, series 2009 . ... more info

25 Nov 2009: FITCH TO CONFIRM NEW YORK CITY TFA'S S-T RATING AT 'F1+'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Nov. 30, 2009, Fitch Ratings will confirm the short-term component of the ratings currently assigned to New York City Transitional Finance Authority's $37,500,000 future tax secured bonds, fiscal 2003 series C, subseries C-5 , and $107,000,000 New York City recovery bonds fiscal 2003 series 3, subseries 3B-2 , at 'F1+'. ... more info

17 Nov 2009: : FUNDS BET BUILD AMERICA BOND DEAL GETS EXTENDED
The first mutual fund and exchange-traded fund focusing on Build America Bonds came to market on Tuesday, suggesting that investors believe lawmakers will continue support for these new, taxable municipal securities. ... more info

3 Nov 2009: : TREASURY FUNDS' BEST DAYS MAY BE DONE
Treasury bonds are typically seen as a safe and unspectacular part of the market, a safety-first asset class with negligible returns. So the 5.2% annualized gain enjoyed by the average Treasury bond mutual-fund over the past decade may surprise many investors. ... more info

5 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES ST ELIZABETH MEDICAL CENTER (KY) 2009 BONDS 'AA-' & UPGRADES OUTSTANDING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA-' rating to the expected issuance of approximately $140 million Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority hospital facilities revenue refunding and improvement bonds . ... more info

5 Nov 2009 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER 2009
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for October 2009 of $34.7 billion, consisting of $19.7 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $7.6 billion in eurobond volume, and $7.4 billion in other volume. ... more info

5 Nov 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: STOCKS LOSE STEAM AT CLOSE ON WALL STREET
A House vote to speed up the effective date of limits on credit card companies took bank stocks sharply lower, and the rest of the market followed. ... more info

5 Nov 2009 : USC KESTON INSTITUTE HOSTS CALIFORNIA BOND FORUM UNDER HALO OF STATE LEGISLATURE'S HISTORIC ACTION ON WATER ISSUES
LOS ANGELES----The Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the University of Southern California hosted its fourth forum in the series, “Assessing Performance and Progress of California's 2006 Infrastructure Bonds,” in the wake of the California State Legislature's historic passage this morning of a comprehensive water package that would aggressively address the Golden State's highly-politicized, complex water issues. ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES MARYLAND'S REVOLVING LOAN FUND REFUNDING REVENUE BONDS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' rating on Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration's $47.6 million of outstanding revolving loan fund revenue bonds, series 2005A. ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS $500MM GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' approximately $500 million general obligation bonds, consolidated loan of 2009 series E. The bonds, which are scheduled to price the week of Nov. 9, 2009, may be sold as either tax-exempt bonds or federally taxable Build America Bonds with a direct pay of the federal subsidy to the issuer, depending on market conditions at the time of the sale. ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES TEXAS' $125MM GO WATER BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to $125 million in State of Texas general obligation water financial assistance bonds, consisting of: ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : FITCH UPGRADES WELLSPAN HEALTH OBLIGATED GROUP (PA) REVS, SERIES 2008D TO 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings upgrades the long- and short-term ratings to 'AA+/F1+' from 'AA-/F1' for the currently outstanding $80,935,000 General Authority of Southcentral Pennsylvania revenue bonds, series 2008D . ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $35.1MM LOBS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Pitt County, North Carolina's estimated $35.1 million limited obligation bonds , series 2009. The LOBs are scheduled to price via negotiated sale on Nov. 10, 2009. ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES LOS ANGELES COUNTY CAPITAL ASSET LEASING CORP., CALIFORNIA'S $24.7MM BONDS 'A'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Los Angeles County Capital Asset Leasing Corp., California's $24,695,000 lease revenue bonds, 2009 series A . The bonds will be sold competitively on Nov. 16, 2009. ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY, CALIFORNIA'S $10MM TABS 'BBB'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB' rating to $10 million Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles Adelante Eastside Redevelopment Project 2009 tax allocation bonds , series D. ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES CARROLL COUNTY, MARYLAND'S $67MM GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Carroll County, Maryland's approximately $66.7 million general obligation bonds, consisting of $32.1 million consolidated public improvement and refunding bonds of 2009, series A, and $34.7 million consolidated public improvement bonds of 2009, series B. ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION: WAKE COUNTY, NC VARIABLE-RATE SCHOOL BONDS 2004B
NEW YORK----An error was found in the short-term rating on the Fitch Ratings web site for the bond listed below: ... more info

4 Nov 2009 : VENEZUELA'S STATE OIL COMPANY COULD SELL MORE DEBT
Venezuela's state oil company says it could issue more bonds this year to pay down debts to foreign and domestic oil contractors. ... more info

4 Nov 2009: TALF ISSUES TOP $90 BILLION
Issuers sold about $6 billion of bonds backed by consumer loans in the latest round of financing through the Federal Reserve's Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF. ... more info

4 Nov 2009: CAN TREASURY FUNDS TOP STOCKS AGAIN?
Treasury bonds are typically seen as a safe and unspectacular part of the market, a safety-first asset class with negligible returns. ... more info

3 Nov 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS LITTLE SALT INTERCOUNTY DRAINAGE DIST, MI'S DRAINAGE BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A-' rating on Little Salt Intercounty Drainage District, Michigan's approximately $1.1 million outstanding drainage bonds. ... more info

3 Nov 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES MANHATTAN, KANSAS' GOS TO 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assign an 'AA' rating to Manhattan, Kansas's $11,110,000 general obligation bonds, series 2009-C and $8,945,000 GO refunding bonds, series 2009-D. Concurrently, Fitch downgrades the city's approximately $76 million of outstanding GO bonds to 'AA' from 'AA+'. ... more info

3 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES COLUMBUS, OHIO'S $279MM GOS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the City of Columbus, Ohio's general obligation various purpose bonds as follows : ... more info

3 Nov 2009 : FITCH CONFIRMS 'F1+' S-T RATING ON MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S GOS SERIES 2006A
NEW YORK----Effective Nov. 5, 2009, Fitch Ratings will confirm the short-term rating of 'F1+' assigned to the $89,000,000 County of Mecklenburg, North Carolina variable-rate general obligation bonds, series 2006A . ... more info

3 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLORIDA'S SALES TAX REV BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Okaloosa County, Florida's approximately $24.3 million in sales tax revenue bonds, series 2009A and series 2009B. At the time of issuance, the county will decide whether to issue the bonds as tax-exempt series 2009A or direct subsidy Build America Bonds series 2009B. ... more info

3 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES PIMA COUNTY, AZ GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA-' rating to the Pima County, Arizona $113.1 million general obligation bonds, series 2009A. Fitch also assigns an 'AA-' rating to the county's $357.6 million in outstanding GO bonds . ... more info

3 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES PIMA COUNTY, AZ STREET & HIGHWAY USER REV BNDS 'AA-'
BARCELONA, Spain & MILAN & LONDON----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA-' rating to the Pima County, Arizona $23.3 million street and highway revenue bonds, series 2009. Fitch also assigns an 'AA-' rating to the county's $128.9 million outstanding parity street and highway revenue bonds . ... more info

3 Nov 2009: PERSONAL FINANCE DAILY: MUNICIPAL BONDS TAKE YOU OUT ON YOUR TOWN
With the advent of tax-advantaged retirement accounts, municipal bonds lost a lot of their appeal to investors. The biggest advantage to muni bonds is that the income they generate is exempt from federal tax and, in the state in which they are issued, state tax. Of course, that's not an advantage when you're not paying taxes in your investment account. ... more info

3 Nov 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA'S $2.9MM UNDERLYING SANITATION REVS AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on Fort Lauderdale, Florida's outstanding $2,870,000 sanitation revenue bonds, series 2000. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

3 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, COLORADO'S $105MM BANK BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a bank bond rating of 'A+' to approximately $105 million City and County of Denver, Colorado , series 2009C airport system revenue bonds for the Denver International Airport . ... more info

3 Nov 2009: : TREASURY FUNDS' BEST DAYS MAY BE DONE
Treasury bonds are typically seen as a safe and unspectacular part of the market, a safety-first asset class with negligible returns. So the 5.2% annualized gain enjoyed by the average Treasury bond mutual-fund over the past decade may surprise many investors. ... more info

3 Nov 2009: : TREASURY FUNDS' BEST DAYS MAY BE DONE
Treasury bonds are typically seen as a safe and unspectacular part of the market, a safety-first asset class with negligible returns. So the 5.2% annualized gain enjoyed by the average Treasury bond mutual-fund over the past decade may surprise many investors. ... more info

3 Nov 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES REGAIN MODESTLY ON MANUFACTURING UPTICK
Stocks retreated from early gains on Monday, despite signs that manufacturing in the United States was on a path to recovery. ... more info

3 Nov 2009: JONATHAN BURTON'S LIFE SAVINGS: A MUNI-BOND STRATEGY TO BUILD YOUR NEST EGG
Municipal bonds are no longer cheap keys to the cities but they can still show investors around town. ... more info

2 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA'S PROP. 1A BONDS 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB' long-term rating to approximately $1.75 billion in California Statewide Communities Development Authority revenue bonds series 2009. The bonds now offered will sell via negotiation on or about Nov. 10, 2009, and are due June 15, 2013; there is no provision for early redemption. ... more info

2 Nov 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV'S $349MM LTGOS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings downgrades North Las Vegas , Nevada's $349.1 million general obligation bonds to 'AA-' from 'AA'. The Rating Outlook is Negative. ... more info

2 Nov 2009 : FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS' SERIES 2009A BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn the 'AAA' rating and Stable Outlook on Sedgwick County, Kansas' $6,285,000 general obligation bonds, series 2009A, as the series has been eliminated from the multi-issue transaction expected to sell via competitive bid on Nov. 4, 2009. ... more info

2 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM SUNBELT (FL) 2008B REVS & 2009E RFDG BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' long-term rating to the following Adventist Health System Sunbelt bonds: ... more info

2 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES WEST CONTRA COSTA USD, CALIFORNIA'S $30MM GOS 'A-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to West Contra Costa Unified School District, California's $30 million election of 2005, series D and D-1 general obligation bonds . ... more info

2 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE ED FACILITIES REV BNDS 'BBB+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' rating to the following series of bonds issued by the City of Yonkers Industrial Development Agency on behalf of Sarah Lawrence College : ... more info

2 Nov 2009 : FITCH RATES FORT MYERS (FLORIDA) UTILITY SYSTEM REFUNDING REV BONDS SERIES 2009 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $53,895,000 City of Fort Myers, Florida variable-rate utility system refunding revenue bonds series 2009 . The long-term rating assigned to the bonds is based jointly on the underlying rating assigned to Fort Myers Utility System , and the support provided by the irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit , provided Bank of America, N.A. . ... more info

2 Nov 2009 : U.S. BANK SELECTED AS TRUSTEE FOR RHODE ISLAND CLEAN WATER FINANCE AGENCY WATER POLLUTION CONTROL BOND SERIES 2009A
PROVIDENCE, R.I. & MINNEAPOLIS----U.S. Bank has been named trustee of the bonds for Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency Water Pollution Control Bond Series 2009A, representing $41,555,000 million in bond issuances. ... more info

2 Nov 2009 : DREYFUS MUNICIPAL INCOME, INC. BOARD AUTHORIZES THE USE OF TENDER OPTION BONDS IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PARTIAL REDEMPTION OF ITS AUCTION RATE PREFERRED STOCK (NYX:DMF)
NEW YORK----On Monday, November 2, 2009, the Board of Directors of Dreyfus Municipal Income, Inc. today authorized the Fund to redeem up to 25 percent of the Fund's auction rate preferred stock , subject to market, regulatory and other conditions and factors. ... more info

31 Oct 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: STOCKS TUMBLE ON CONSUMER WEAKNESS; DOW DOWN 2.5%
In a reversal of Thursday’s gains, Wall Street dropped sharply as high volume caused delays on trades reported by the NYSE. ... more info

30 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE TRUST'S $98.7MM BONDS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust's environmental infrastructure bonds: ... more info

30 Oct 2009: FITCH PLACES 3 STUDENT LOAN ABS CLASSES FROM PARTS 2007-CT1 ON RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings places three classes of bonds from PARTS 2007-CT1 on Rating Watch Negative. The bonds are placed on Rating Watch Negative due to higher than expected level of defaults. ... more info

30 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MIAMI, FLORIDA'S $65MM SPECIAL OBLIGATION BONDS 'A-'; GO OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to Miami, Florida's approximately $65 million special obligation bonds , series 2009. The Rating Outlook for the Special Obligation bonds is Stable. ... more info

30 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS UNITED ISD, TEXAS' UNDERLYING ULT BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its underlying 'A+' ratings on the following United Independent School District, Texas' debt obligations: ... more info

30 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES FORT MYERS, FLORIDA'S $55MM UTILITY SYSTEM RFDG REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the City of Fort Myers, Florida's approximately $55,000,000 variable-rate utility system refunding revenue bonds, series 2009. Proceeds will current refund the outstanding utility system refunding revenue bonds, series 1999A in their entirety. ... more info

30 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS LEE COUNTY, FL SOLID WASTE REVS UNDERLYING 'A-'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed an underlying 'A-' rating to Lee County, Florida's approximately $179.3 million outstanding bonds. The Rating Outlook is revised to Stable from Positive. ... more info

30 Oct 2009: CORPORATE BONDS STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE ()
Either the Fed's monetary stance will shift or it won't -- either way, it's bad for corporates. ... more info

30 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES $16.635MM ALASKA INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT & EXPORT AUTH RFDG REVS SER 2009B 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $16,635,000 Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority refunding revenue bonds series 2009B. The 'AA+' long-term component of the rating is based jointly on the rating that Fitch has assigned to the foundation's revenue bonds and the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by Bank of Montreal , acting through its Chicago Branch. ... more info

30 Oct 2009: JAPAN BEGINS TO WITHDRAW STIMULUS MEASURES
The BoJ said it would stop buying corporate bonds and commercial paper at the end of the year but extended its programme to provide limitless lending to help corporate financing until the end of the fiscal year in next March ... more info

30 Oct 2009: BANK OF JAPAN BEGINS REVERSING EMERGENCY CREDIT MEASURES
The central bank said it would end the buying of corporate bonds and commercial paper in December, while extending its low-interest loan program until March. ... more info

30 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND'S $387MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Montgomery County, Maryland's estimated $387.4 million general obligation bonds, consisting of: ... more info

30 Oct 2009: RATE RISK FEARS LEAD TO NEW CORPORATE BOND FUNDS
In the midst of this year's once-in-a-lifetime rally in corporate bonds, some investors already see the specter that rising interest rates in the future could destroy much of their gains. ... more info

30 Oct 2009: JEFFERIES JOINS THE BIDDING GROUP FOR BUND ISSUES IN GERMANY
FRANKFURT & LONDON & NEW YORK----Jefferies announced today that it has been named as a member of the bidding group for German government bonds. The firm was included in this group by Finanzagentur, the German Debt Management Agency, and, as such, will participate in auctions of German government bonds, notes and bills as one of 28 market participants. ... more info

29 Oct 2009: 3 ACCUSED OF BID-RIGGING IN MUNICIPAL BONDS SALES
The charges against CDR Financial Products are the first resulting from a federal inquiry of the municipal bonds industry. ... more info

29 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES KLICKITAT COUNTY PUBLIC UTILITY DIST, WA $42.5MM ELECTRIC REVS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the approximately $42.5 million electric revenue bonds to be issued by the Klickitat County Public Utility District No. 1, WA . ... more info

29 Oct 2009: FITCH RTS FIRSTHEALTH OF THE CAROLINAS' (NORTH CAROLINA) SER 2009C BONDS 'AA'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to FirstHealth of the Carolinas' $39,660,000 series 2009C fixed-rate bonds expected to be issued through the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. ... more info

29 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS' $29MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the following Sedgwick County, Kansas' bonds: ... more info

29 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES GEORGIA'S $700MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the State of Georgia's approximately $700 million general obligation and GO refunding bonds, expected to consist of: ... more info

29 Oct 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS CREDIT ASSESSMENT OF NEW ORLEANS AVIATION BD'S (LA) CAR RENTAL PROJECT BNDS
NEW YORK----The New Orleans Aviation Board posted a preliminary official statement for the proposed $97.985 million New Orleans Aviation Board Gulf Opportunity Zone CFC Revenue Bonds Series 2009A that includes a reference to a September 30, 2009 credit assessment provided by Fitch Ratings. ... more info

29 Oct 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES NEVADA'S LTGOS TO 'AA' FROM 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Nevada's $131 million limited tax general obligation bonds , consisting of: ... more info

29 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES $240MM CENTRAL DUPAGE HEALTH'S (ILLINOIS) SERIES 2009B REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA' rating to the expected issuance of $240 million Illinois Finance Authority revenue bonds series 2009B . In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA' ratings on approximately $499 million of bonds outstanding issued on behalf of Central DuPage Health through the Illinois Finance Authority or the Illinois Health Facilities Authority. ... more info

29 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES $121.1MM DIAKON LUTHERAN (PENNSYLVANIA) BONDS SER 2009A 'BBB+'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' rating to the approximate $121.1 million series 2009A fixed-rate revenue and refunding bonds to be issued by the Cumberland County Municipal Authority, Pennsylvania on behalf of Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries . ... more info

29 Oct 2009: CREDIT RATINGS ARE NOW OPTIONAL
A handful of prominent companies recently have sold bonds or structured complex securities without credit ratings. ... more info

28 Oct 2009: CHRYSLER RETURNS $5.5 MILLION BONDS TO IND. COUNTY
Chrysler has returned $5.5 million in bonds to an Indiana county to settle a dispute over millions of dollars the county spent toward a transmission plant that a Chrysler supplier stopped building last year. ... more info

28 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES SANTA FE, NM $61MM WATER UTILITY/CAPITAL OUTLAY GRT REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Santa Fe, New Mexico's $61 million water utility system/capital outlay gross receipts tax revenue bonds, series 2009. ... more info

28 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES BAYHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER, DE'S 2009B&C REVS 'AA-' UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' underlying rating to $75.7 million of Delaware Health Facilities Authority variable rate refunding revenue bonds issued on behalf of Bayhealth Medical Center Project , series 2009B and C. ... more info

28 Oct 2009: CREDIT RATINGS NOW OPTIONAL, FIRMS FIND
Some debt issuers are finding they don't need credit ratings. Recently, a handful of prominent companies have sold bonds or structured complex securities without credit ratings. ... more info

28 Oct 2009: CORRECTION - FITCH AFFIRMS DENVER HEALTH AND HOSPITAL AUTHORITY, CO'S REVS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK---- Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB+' rating on the approximately $198 million in outstanding Denver Health and Hospital Authority healthcare revenue bonds series 2007A and 2007B. ... more info

28 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS COMM REDEV AGENCY OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CA'S $14.7MM SERIES 2007A&B TABS AT 'A'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A' rating on the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Palm Springs, California's outstanding tax allocation bonds as follows: ... more info

28 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS BUTLER COUNTY TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT DIST, OH'S HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT BONDS AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A+' rating on Butler County Transportation Improvement District , OH's highway improvement bonds, series 2007. The bonds are secured by several sources including a primary pledge of tax increment revenues and a secondary pledge of 25% of Butler County's general fund non-tax revenues and certain local income taxes. ... more info

28 Oct 2009: UNCERTAINTY ON RECOVERY LIFTS BONDS
Treasury prices rose for a second day as soft economic data on housing and consumers raised doubt about the strength of an economic recovery ... more info

28 Oct 2009: LA. SELLS $200M IN BONDS FOR BUILDING PROJECTS
Louisiana sold $200 million in general obligation bonds to generate upfront cash to finance state construction projects, the first such bond sale since September 2006. ... more info

28 Oct 2009: MASSHOUSING ANNOUNCES THE FINAL RESULTS OF ITS INVITATION TO BONDHOLDERS TO SELL ITS OUTSTANDING BONDS FOR CASH
Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency invited beneficial owners to offer to sell to MassHousing for cash, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Invitation dated September 25, 2009, as amended , certain of its Single Family Housing Revenue Bonds and/or Housing Bonds . ... more info

28 Oct 2009: MARKETAXESS REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2009 DILUTED EPS OF $0.12, RECORD REVENUES OF $30.0 MILLION
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES PALOMAR POMERADO HEALTH (CA) BONDS 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB' rating to the approximately $224 million in certificates of participation , series 2009, to be issued by Palomar Pomerado Health . ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MILWAUKEE COUNTY, WISCONSIN'S $46MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Milwaukee County, Wisconsin's approximately $29.9 million taxable general obligation corporate purpose bonds, series 2009E and approximately $15.6 million GO promissory notes, series 2009F. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES UP TO $350MM HONOLULU, HAWAII'S GOS 'AA'; AFFIRMS $2.1B OUTSTANDING; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the following City and County of Honolulu , Hawaii's general obligation bonds: ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ROYAL OAKS LIFE CARE COMMUNITY'S (ARIZONA) BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A' underlying rating on the $17,500,000 Arizona Health Facilities Authority's series 2002 variable-rate demand bonds. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES BABYLON, NEW YORK GO BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the Town of Babylon's $27.8 million public improvement serial bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on Oct. 29 with proceeds being used to fund various general government capital projects. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ORLANDO, FLORIDA'S $50.41MM WASTEWATER SYSTEM REVS AT 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its ‘AA+' rating on Orlando, Florida's $50.41 million of outstanding wastewater system revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS BALDWIN PARK FIN AUTH, CALIFORNIA'S SALES TAX & TABS AT 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ‘BBB-' rating on Baldwin Park Financing Authority, California's outstanding sales tax and tax allocation refunding bonds , series 2003. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES COMAL ISD, TEXAS' $55.9MM ULT BONDS 'AA-'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING DEBT
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA-' rating to Comal Independent School District , Texas' approximately $55.85 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch upgrades the district's approximately $488 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds to ‘AA-‘ from ‘A+'. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS TAYLORSVILLE, UT'S SALES TAX REVENUE BONDS AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA' rating on Taylorsville , Utah's $8.9 million outstanding sales tax revenue bonds, series 2006. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES AUSTIN, TEXAS' $203.495MM WATER UTILITY REFUNDING REVS SERIES 2009A 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the City of Austin, Texas' $203,495,000 water and wastewater system revenue refunding bonds, series 2009A. Proceeds from the 2009A bonds will refund commercial paper. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH REVISES RATING WATCH ON MASS. EDUC. FIN. AUTH ISSUE H BONDS TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has revised the Rating Watch on the 'AA' rated Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority education loan revenue bonds, issue H, series 2008 to Negative from Evolving following the downgrade of the Issuer Financial Strength rating of Assured Guaranty Corp. to 'AA-' by Fitch. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES SINK ON JITTERS AND DOLLAR’S RISE
A drop in the dollar initially gave a boost to stocks Monday, but a strengthening in the currency short-circuited the market’s advance. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: FITCH PUBLISHES NEW CRITERIA FOR RATING MUNICIPAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOND FUNDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has released its 'Municipal Economic Development Bond Funds Rating Criteria' on Oct. 26, 2009. The criteria report outlines Fitch's approach for rating municipal bonds backed by pools of loans and/or leases within a borrower pool comprised completely or partly of corporations and other non-municipal entities. ... more info

27 Oct 2009: INDIA APPROACHES TIGHTER POLICY
India's central bank took its first step toward tightening monetary policy, holding interest rates steady but in a surprise move requiring banks to set aside more bonds as reserves. ... more info

25 Oct 2009: A POLITE DISCOURSE ON BANKERS AND BUBBLES
I suspect we are in another bubble in the global equity, bonds and commodity markets. Central banks should be prepared to prick them before they cause calamity, writes Wolfgang Mnchau ... more info

19 Oct 2009: CREATE THE PERFECT BOND PORTFOLIO
You already know that to protect yourself against stock market meltdowns, you should devote more of your portfolio to bonds as you age. But as you may have discovered recently, the downside protection you get can vary dramatically depending on the type of bonds you own. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES OSCEOLA COUNTY, FLORIDA'S SALES TAX REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Osceola County, Florida's approximately $43.3 million in sales tax revenue refunding bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are expected to price in November 2009. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HONORS STONE & YOUNGBERG'S MARK MCCABE
NEW YORK----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds1, announced today that Mark McCabe, a director in the firm's Municipal Sales department, was named Man of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, New York. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES KENTUCKY SPBC'S $393MM PROJECT 96 REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Kentucky State Property and Buildings Commission's approximately $393.235 million revenue bonds, Project No. 96, consisting of: ... more info

26 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS KNOX COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (OHIO) BONDS AT 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BBB' rating and underlying rating on about $25.7 million hospital revenue bonds, series 1998 and 2004 issued on behalf of Knox Community Hospital by Knox County, Ohio. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES SUFFOLK COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY, NEW YORK'S $185MM REV BONDS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Suffolk County Water Authority , New York's following bond issues: ... more info

26 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES WASHINGTON COUNTY WATER CONVERSANCY DISTRICT, UTAH'S $4.1MM LTGO REFUNDING BONDS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $4.1 million Washington County Water Conservancy District, Utah general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: CIT AMENDS DEBT-EXCHANGE OFFER
CIT Group has sweetened and extended its debt-exchange offer to holders of bonds issued by a Canadian unit of the embattled lender. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES $475MM NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE REVENUE BONDS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's approximately $475 million turnpike revenue bonds, series 2009 H and I. Fitch also affirms the authority's outstanding senior revenue bonds at 'A'. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE OF SCHAUMBURG'S (ILLINOIS) REVS AT 'BB-'; OUTLOOK TO EVOLVING
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BB-' rating on the $80.5 million Illinois Finance Authority, Illinois revenue bonds, series 2005A&B . Fitch has revised the Rating Outlook to Evolving from Stable. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: AIR PROVIDES RISK MODELING AND ANALYTICAL SERVICES FOR OVER 80% OF CATASTROPHE BONDS ISSUED TO DATE IN 2009
BOSTON----AIR Worldwide Corporation today announced that it has provided risk modeling and analytical services for over 80% of the $2.1 billion of catastrophe bonds issued to date in 2009. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: MASSHOUSING ANNOUNCES A SUBSEQUENT OFFER PERIOD FOR CERTAIN OF ITS BONDS AND AN EXTENSION OF THE EXPIRATION TIME FOR CERTAIN OF ITS BONDS IN CONNECTION WITH ITS INVITATION TO BONDHOLDERS TO SELL ITS OUTSTANDING BONDS FOR CASH
Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency invited beneficial owners to offer to sell to MassHousing for cash, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Invitation dated September 25, 2009, as amended , certain of its Single Family Housing Revenue Bonds and/or Housing Bonds . ... more info

26 Oct 2009: CIT AMENDS TERMS OF DEBT-EXCHANGE OFFER
CIT Group has sweetened and extended its debt-exchange offer to holders of bonds issued by a Canadian unit of the embattled lender. ... more info

26 Oct 2009: DUBAI MIGHT SEEK $6.5 BILLION OF BONDS
Dubai, buoyed by high oil prices, has proposed raising $6.5 billion in debt, according to a preliminary prospectus. ... more info

25 Oct 2009: A POLITE DISCOURSE ON BANKERS AND BUBBLES
I suspect we are in another bubble in the global equity, bonds and commodity markets. Central banks should be prepared to prick them before they cause calamity, writes Wolfgang Mnchau ... more info

24 Oct 2009: IN THIS 10-YEAR RACE, BONDS WIN BY A MILE
Going back 207 years, stocks have outdone bonds by 2.5 percentage points, annualized. But for some long periods, bonds have been the leader. ... more info

24 Oct 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: STOCKS FALL AS ENERGY ISSUES RETREAT
Earnings data from more companies and a report on existing home sales are expected to provide further direction for the market. ... more info

24 Oct 2009: APPETITE GROWS FOR INDIVIDUAL BONDS
As interest-rate risk looms over bonds, some investors are piling into individual bonds, where they'll at least get their principal back at maturity. ... more info

23 Oct 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: STOCKS FALL AS ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION ISSUES RETREAT
Earnings data from more companies and a report on existing home sales are expected to provide further direction for the market. ... more info

23 Oct 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES YAVAPAI CO., AZ IDA EXCISE TAX BONDS TO 'D'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'D' from 'B' the rating on the $35 million convention center facilities excise tax revenue bonds, series 2005 of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Yavapai, Arizona. ... more info

23 Oct 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES THE MONROE CLINIC'S (WISCONSIN) REVS TO 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'A-' rating to the approximately $65 million Redevelopment Authority of the City of Monroe, Wisconsin, development revenue bonds, series 2009 . ... more info

23 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT'S $550MM SPECIAL TAX OBLIGATION BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $550 million in State of Connecticut special tax obligation bonds, transportation infrastructure purposes, expected to consist of: ... more info

23 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES $105.965MM DENVER (CO) AIRPORT SYSTEM REVS, SER 2009C 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $105,965,000 City and County of Denver, Colorado for and on behalf of its Department of Aviation, airport system revenue bonds, series 2009C. ... more info

23 Oct 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY (ILLINOIS) TO 'BBB+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to approximately $184.2 million Illinois Finance Authority revenue and refunding bonds, series 2009, to be issued on behalf of Roosevelt University . ... more info

23 Oct 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: STOCKS MIXED IN EARLY WALL STREET TRADING
Earnings data from more companies and a report on existing home sales are expected to provide further direction for the market. ... more info

23 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY'S SERIES 2009 REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the following Indiana State University Board of Trustees revenue bonds on behalf of Indiana State University : ... more info

23 Oct 2009: HOUSING DATA, RATE WORRIES WEIGH ON BONDS
Treasury prices remained lower mid-morning Friday, weighed down by angst about the Federal Reserve's interest rate outlook and better-than-expected existing housing data ... more info

23 Oct 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: TRADING GAINS ON PROFITS DESPITE JOB LOSS REPORTS
Stocks fluctuated as investors sorted through a disappointing reading on the labor market and more earnings reports. ... more info

22 Oct 2009: THE 'JUNK' PARADE MARCHES ON
Coal company Murray Energy and truck maker Navistar International hit the market to sell $1.5 billion of high-yield bonds as companies line up to take advantage of low rates and lower default forecasts ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH UPGRADES SAN DIEGO REDEV HORTON PLAZA, CA HSG SET ASIDE TABS TO 'BBB+'; AFFS OUTSTANDING TABS
SAN FRANCISCO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings upgrades to 'BBB+' from 'BBB' $7.1 million San Diego Redevelopment Agency, California's $6.6 million outstanding Horton Plaza Redevelopment Project tax allocation housing set aside bonds, series 2003C and affirms the 'BBB+' rating on the agency's $6.3 million outstanding Horton Plaza Redevelopment Project subordinate tax allocation bonds , series 2003A. ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS' $380MM ELEC & GAS JR LIEN REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to San Antonio, Texas' electric and gas systems junior lien revenue bonds, series 2009A and 2009B , issued on behalf of CPS Energy. ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND'S $262MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Baltimore County, Maryland's estimated $262 million general obligation bonds. The bonds consist of: ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH: U.S. CORPORATE BOND MARKET FINDS RELATIVE CALM FOLLOWING VOLATILE YEAR, ISSUANCE BROADENS
NEW YORK----The par value of U.S. corporate bonds affected by downgrades declined sharply in the third quarter 2009 to $61.5 billion, down from $192.2 billion in the second quarter, according to Fitch Ratings. ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES INDIANA FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $170MM SRF REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Indiana Finance Authority's $140,555,000 state revolving fund program bonds, series 2009A-1 and approximately $30,000,000 taxable SRF program bonds, series 2009A-2 . ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES EANES ISD, TEXAS SERIES 2009 GO RFDG BONDS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the $18.5 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2009 of Eanes Independent School District, Texas . Additionally, Fitch has affirmed its 'AA' underlying rating on the district's $105.8 million in outstanding general obligation bonds . ... more info

22 Oct 2009: LOW RATES, DEFAULT OUTLOOK SPUR JUNK BOND SALES
Coal company Murray Energy and truck maker Navistar are poised to sell $1.5 billion of high-yield bonds as companies line up to take advantage of low interest rates and lower default forecasts. ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON VARIOUS PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY (MD) BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'AA+' long-term underlying rating on certain maturities for the following Prince George's County general obligation consolidated public improvement bonds because they have been prerefunded: ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES AGC INSURED ILLINOIS STUDENT ASSISTANCE COMMISSION - 2009 STUDENT LOAN REV BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades and assigns a Negative Rating Outlook to the state guaranteed, student loan revenue bonds of Illinois Student Assistance - series 2009 insured by Assured Guaranty Corp . ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH CORRECTS RATING ON VARIOUS HEALTH SYSTEM BONDS`
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its 'A-' long-term rating on certain maturities for the following bond: ... more info

22 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES BRYAN, TEXAS' ELECT SYS REVS 'A+'; AFFS PARITY & BRYAN RURAL UTIL OBLIGS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the city of Bryan, Texas Electric System $25 million electric system revenue bonds, series 2009. Proceeds from the issuance will fund transmission and distribution system improvements. ... more info

22 Oct 2009: JOBS DATA WEIGH ON TREASURYS
Traders seized on the mixed messages in the latest jobs update to sell government bonds ... more info

21 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, COLORADO'S $106MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A+' rating to approximately $106 million City and County of Denver, Colorado, , series 2009C airport system revenue bonds for the Denver International Airport . ... more info

21 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES HAMPTON ROADS SANITATION DIST, VIRGINIA'S $146MM WASTEWATER REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia's, $45.4 million wastewater system revenue bonds, series 2009A, and $100.7 million wastewater system revenue bonds, series 2009B . ... more info

21 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES PA COMMONWEALTH FINANCING AUTH $400MM REVS 'AA-'; AFFIRMS PA GOS AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' ratings to Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority's $64.8 million tax exempt revenue bonds, series C of 2009 and $335.2 million revenue bonds, series D of 2009 which are expected to be sold through negotiation on Nov. 4, 2009. ... more info

21 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS' $38MM 2009 GOS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the city of Worcester, Massachusetts' $38 million general obligation municipal purpose loan of 2009 bonds. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on Oct. 27, 2009, with proceeds retiring currently outstanding bond anticipation notes and paying capitalized interest costs on the CitySquare financing for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. ... more info

21 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ANAHEIM, CA'S REV BONDS AT 'AA-'; REVISES OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA-' rating on $542.1 million of outstanding Anaheim Public Financing Authority and $121.3 million outstanding second qualified lien bonds. ... more info

21 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS KELLOGG COMM COLLEGE, MI'S LTGO BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA-' rating on Kellogg Community College, Michigan's approximately $6.3 million in outstanding community college improvement bonds, series 2000 and 2002 . ... more info

21 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES PASADENA WATER & POWER'S $43.3MM ELECTRIC REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Pasadena Water and Power's $43.3 million City of Pasadena, California electric revenue bonds series 2009. Fitch also affirms its 'AA-' rating on PWP's $173 million of outstanding electric revenue bonds, including $44 million of series 1998 bonds that will be refunded with proceeds from the series 2009 bonds in December 2009. ... more info

21 Oct 2009: FITCH CORRECTS RATING ON VARIOUS WASHINGTON HEALTH CARE FACILITIES AUTHORITY BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'AA' long-term underlying rating on certain maturities for the following bond it has been prerefunded: ... more info

21 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: U.S. STOCKS FALTER ON ECONOMIC DATA
Producer prices and housing starts overshadow strong earnings from Apple and Caterpillar. ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA'S GOS AT 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA+' rating on Greenville, South Carolina's approximately $13 million in outstanding general obligation bonds. ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES TRINITY HEALTH'S (MI) $335M SER 2009 BONDS 'AA'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term rating of 'AA' on the expected issuance of $233 million Indiana Finance Authority revenue and refunding bonds series 2009A and assigns 'AA/F1+' ratings to the expected issuance of $102 million Michigan State Hospital Finance Authority revenue bonds series 2009B&C. ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA'S $3B ERB RESTRUCTURING 'A'; PLACES OUTSTANDING ERBS ON WATCH POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to approximately $3 billion in economic recovery bonds of the State of California , currently expected to consist of: ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES PORT AUTH OF NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY'S $300MM CONSOLIDATED BONDS SER 161 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' underlying rating to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's $300 million of consolidated bonds, series 161. The bonds are expected to price competitively on or around Oct. 28, 2009 and have a final maturity of 2039. ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES SUGAR LAND, TEXAS' 2009 GOS & COS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA+' rating to the City of Sugar Land, Texas' $15.18 million general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009 and $17.81 million combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation , series 2009. ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MONMOUTH COUNTY, NEW JERSEY COUNTY GOS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AAA' rating to Monmouth County, New Jersey's general obligation bonds, series 2009 consisting of $44.790 million series 2009 A and $26.385 million series 2009 B . ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DENVER HEALTH AND HOSPITAL AUTHORITY, CO'S REVS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB+' rating on the approximately $206 million in outstanding Denver Health and Hospital Authority healthcare revenue bonds series 2007A and 2007B. ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS VARIOUS LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA BONDS AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the following ratings for Lake County, Florida: ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES COLLEGE STATION ISD, TEXAS' $5MM GO RFDG BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to College Station Independent School District , Texas' $5.3 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA' rating on the district's approximately $141 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds. ... more info

20 Oct 2009: RRI ENERGY ANNOUNCES EXPIRATION AND FINAL RESULTS OF CASH TENDER FOR SENIOR SECURED NOTES AND PEDFA BONDS
HOUSTON----RRI Energy, Inc. today announced the expiration and final results of its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase up to $200,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 6.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2014 and Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority's outstanding Exempt Facilities Revenue Bonds Series 2001A, 2002A, 2002B, 2003A and 2004A . ... more info

20 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL METRO AIRPORTS COMMISSION $157MM BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission's approximately $157 million senior airport revenue refunding bonds series 2009A and series 2009B, scheduled for negotiated sale during the week Oct. 26, 2009. ... more info

20 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: EARNINGS OUTLOOK DRIVES WALL STREET HIGHER
Wall Street rose strongly as investors bet that another round of strong corporate earnings would propel the markets even higher. ... more info

20 Oct 2009: BRAZIL AIMS TO COOL HOT REAL
Seeking to restrain a surging currency, Brazil announced a tax on foreign investment in local bonds and stocks. ... more info

19 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS' $42.3MM 2009 GO & GO RFDG BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the town of Hingham, Massachusetts' $42.3 million of general obligation bonds, consisting of the following issues: ... more info

19 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES OHIO $45MM SITE DEVELOPMENT GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $45 million State of Ohio site development general obligation bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on or about Nov. 4, 2009. ... more info

19 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES LOUISIANA OFFICE FACS CORP BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $90,800,000 of Office Facilities Corporation lease revenue refunding bonds series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to price the week of Nov. 9, 2009 through negotiation. ... more info

19 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DUPAGE WATER COMMISSION, IL'S GOS AT 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AAA' rating on the DuPage Water Commission, IL's approximately $24.3 million in outstanding general obligation water refunding bonds, series 2001. ... more info

19 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS SCHERTZ-SEGUIN LGC, TEXAS' CONTRACT REVS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A' rating on Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation, Texas' $48.9 million of outstanding contract revenue bonds. ... more info

19 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES $3MM DALLAM COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEV CORP, TX (DALHART JERSEY RANCH) 2006 VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $3,000,000 Dallam County Industrial Development Corporation, Texas variable rate demand economic development revenue bonds , series 2006. ... more info

19 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MINNESOTA'S $906MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to approximately $906,155,000 State of Minnesota general obligation bonds, consisting of the following: ... more info

19 Oct 2009: AVTOVAZ PLANS BOND ISSUE
Russian car maker AvtoVAZ said it plans to issue convertible bonds worth $1.7 billion to repay debt and cautioned it won't rule out filing for bankruptcy if its refinancing efforts don't pan out. ... more info

19 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS NORTH CAROLINA STATE EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AUTHORITY SERIES 2008-2 AT 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the long- and short-term ratings of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority's student loan revenue and refunding bonds, series 2008-2 at 'AA' and 'F1+', respectively and assigns a Stable Outlook. ... more info

19 Oct 2009: CREATE THE PERFECT BOND PORTFOLIO
You already know that to protect yourself against stock market meltdowns, you should devote more of your portfolio to bonds as you age. But as you may have discovered recently, the downside protection you get can vary dramatically depending on the type of bonds you own. ... more info

19 Oct 2009: BILLIONS IN UNCLAIMED BONDS DATE TO WORLD WAR II
The federal government is facing a lawsuit over billions in unclaimed bonds that date back to the patriotic fundraising efforts of World War II, leading to a showdown between states who say they should be given the money and a Treasury Department that claims ownership. ... more info

18 Oct 2009: ETF INVESTING: MONEY GOING TO ETFS PLAYS DEFENSE
Investors fretting over a weaker U.S. dollar and the outlook for inflation have been stuffing cash into exchange-traded funds following commodities, foreign stocks and inflation-protected bonds, industry data show. ... more info

17 Oct 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: DOW SLIPS BACK BELOW 10,000 AFTER EARNINGS REPORTS DISAPPOINT
Wall Street lost ground after a bigger-than-expected loss at Bank of America and a weak report from General Electric. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: JUNK-BOND RETURNS LEAP 50% THIS YEAR
The rally in high-yield bonds this year has pushed returns on the debt to more than 50% in 2009, as investors' renewed appetite for risk propelled bonds of companies from Ford to MGM Mirage. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES SANTA MARGARITA/DANA POINT AUTHORITY, CA'S $37MM REV BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $37 million Santa Margarita/Dana Point Authority revenue bonds, series 2009B . Fitch also affirms the 'AA' rating on the authority's revenue bonds, series 2004A and series 2009A . ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA'S $72MM TRANSPORTATION BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch rates Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board transportation revenue bonds as follows: ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES NORTHAMPTON GENERATING COMPANY'S SENIOR BONDS TO 'C'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'C' from 'CC' the rating on Northampton Generating Company, L.P.'s $153 million senior tax-exempt series 1994 A resource recovery revenue bonds due 2009 to 2019. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY'S SERIES 2009A PARKING REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term 'A' rating to the approximately $32 million of State of Florida Board of Governors parking facility revenue bonds, series 2009A, issued on behalf of Florida International University . ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES COLORADO WATER AUTHORITY, CO'S 2009A CLEAN WATER REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, CO's approximately $59 million clean water revenue bonds 2009 series A. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, COLORADO $163MM GOS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Douglas County School District Re. 1, Colorado's proposed $162.8 million general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009, scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of Oct. 19, 2009. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH TO UPGRADE $50MM MARYLAND HEALTH & HIGHER ED FAC AUTH REVS (UMMS) SERIES 2008D
NEW YORK----Effective Oct. 22, 2009, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the ratings assigned to the $50,000,000 Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, University of Maryland Medical System Issue, series 2008D to 'AA+/F1+' from 'A/F1'. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY'S 2009C PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT SERIAL BONDS 'AA-'; 2009 TANS & BANS 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Suffolk County, New York's $158.205 million public improvement serial bonds, 2009 series C , and an 'F1+' rating to the county's tax anticipation notes 2009 series II and the county's bond anticipation notes 2009. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MILFORD, CONNECTICUT'S 2009B GOS 'AA' & GO BANS 'F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the city of Milford, Connecticut's $15.1 million of general obligation bonds, issue of 2009, series B. Fitch also assigns an 'F1+' rating to the city's: ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES INTERMOUNTAIN POWER AGENCY (UT) 2009 SERIES B REVENUE RFDG BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA-' rating to Intermountain Power Agency's proposed $73.26 million subordinate power supply revenue refunding bonds, 2009 series B, which are expected to price the week of Oct. 26. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES GREATER FAIRBANKS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL FOUNDATION'S 2009B&C REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an unenhanced/underlying rating of 'A' to the approximately $30.3 million of Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority series 2009B and 2009C revenue refunding bonds issued on behalf of Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation . ... more info

16 Oct 2009: VIRGINIA HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OFFERS TO PURCHASE FOR CASH CERTAIN OF ITS OUTSTANDING BONDS
The Virginia Housing Development Authority announced today that it is offering to purchase for cash certain of its outstanding Commonwealth Mortgage Bonds upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in VHDA's Invitation to Bondholders dated October 16, 2009 . ... more info

16 Oct 2009: TAX-FAVORED BONDS GET SECOND LOOK
The financial crisis has boosted the appeal of tax-favored bonds. But safety comes at a price. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: STOCKS' DOWNTURN HELPS LIFT BONDS
Price of long-dated Treasurys rose Friday, benefiting from weakness in U.S. stocks. ... more info

16 Oct 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: THE DOW HOLDS ITS GAINS, REMAINING ABOVE 10,000
The Dow punched through 10,000 on Wednesday, hitting that threshold for the first time in a year. A day later, the question was: could it hold the line? ... more info

16 Oct 2009: BGC ELECTRONIC TRADING PLATFORM FORMALLY RECOGNISED BY FINNISH STATE TREASURY
LONDON----BGC Partners, Inc. today announced that the Finnish State Treasury has formally recognised the BGC Electronic Trading Platform as a source of liquidity for the secondary market trading of Finnish government bonds. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES LORAIN COUNTY, OHIO GOS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Lorain County, Ohio's $5.8 million general obligation sewer system improvement bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch downgrades the county's outstanding limited tax GO debt to 'AA-'. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES BEXAR METRO WATER DISTRICT, TEXAS' REVENUE RFDG BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'A-' rating to Bexar Metropolitan Water District, Texas' waterworks system revenue refunding bonds, series 2009. The bonds will be sold via negotiation on Oct. 27, 2009. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES $28MM OHIO CHAPTER 166 TAXABLE DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to $28 million State of Ohio taxable development assistance bonds , series 2009C. The debt will sell via negotiation on Oct. 27. Fitch also affirms the underlying 'A+' rating on approximately $441 million in outstanding development assistance and revitalization project bonds issued under chapters 166 and 151 of Ohio statutes. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES BAY AREA TOLL AUTHORITY'S (CALIFORNIA) REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $1.3 billion Bay Area Toll Authority, California San Francisco Bay Area Toll Bridge revenue bonds series 2009-F2. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA-' rating on $4.3 billion in revenue bonds and variable-rate demand bonds , all of which are on parity. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES FSA INSURED ALASKA STUDENT LOAN CORP. - 2005 INDENTURE OF TRUST (AK) BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades and assigns Negative Rating Outlooks to 10 Financial Security Assurance Inc. insured Alaska Student Loan Corp. - 2005 Indenture of Trust bonds following Fitch's downgrade of FSA's Insurer Financial Strength . ... more info

15 Oct 2009: MASLON EDELMAN BORMAN & BRAND, LLP AND LAVELLE & LAVELLE, PLC FILE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST VARIOUS PARTIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE ISSUANCE OF YAVAPAI COUNTY, ARIZONA DEVELOPMENT BONDS
MINNEAPOLIS----Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP and LaVelle & LaVelle, PLC have filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona against various parties associated with the issuance of the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Yavapai $35,000,000 Convention Center Facilities Excise Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2005 . ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES OLIVENHAIN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT FINANCING AUTHORITY, CA'S $19.7MM WATER REVS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Olivenhain Municipal Water District Financing Authority, CA's $19.7 million water revenue bonds series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on Oct. 21, 2009. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES $300MM MISSOURI THIRD LIEN STATE ROAD BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission's $300,000,000 third lien state road bonds, expected to consist of $50,000,000 tax-exempt third lien state road bonds, series C 2009, and $250,000,000 taxable third lien state road bonds series D 2009; precise par amounts for each series will be determined upon final sale. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH PLACES NORTH SALT LAKE, UTAH'S WATER REV BONDS' 'A-' RATING ON WATCH NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has placed the 'A-' rating on the City of North Salt Lake, Utah's outstanding water revenue bonds, series 2006 on Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: UMB FINANCIAL'S CORPORATE TRUST IS TOP TRUSTEE FOR ECONOMIC STIMULUS BONDS IN MISSOURI
KANSAS CITY, Mo.----UMB Corporate Trust & Escrow Services, a division of UMB Financial Corporation , leads the Missouri and Midwestern markets as one of the first agents to be selected for all three bond types created by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Build America Bonds, Qualified School Construction Bonds, and Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH UPGRADES MANSFIELD ISD, TX'S GOS TO 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Mansfield Independent School District , Texas' $44.9 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch upgrades to 'AA' from 'AA-' the district's approximately $643 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH: RATINGS UNAFFECTED BY REMARKETING OF NEW JERSEY TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND AUTH (NJ) BONDS
NEW YORK----The remarketing of New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority, NJ transportation system bonds does not affect their ratings, according to Fitch Ratings. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES DASNY'S $804MM PLEDGED ASSESSMENT REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $804 million Dormitory Authority of the State of New York pledged assessment revenue bonds, series 2009A. The rating is based on the mandatory nature of workers' compensation insurance in the state, which provides a stable base of secured revenues and very high collection rates. ... more info

15 Oct 2009: TAX DUE ON JOINTLY HELD SAVINGS BONDS?
When mom has died, how will interest on savings bonds held jointly with her daughter be taxed? ... more info

15 Oct 2009: CVC BUYS AB INBEV'S CENTRAL EUROPEAN OPERATIONS
Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev will sell its operations in Central Europe and the Balkans to private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners for $1.62 billion in cash, plus bonds and minority shares that bring the value of the deal to $2.23 billion. ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH UPGRADES $18.1MM AMERICAN ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL, CO CHARTER SCHOOL REVENUE BONDS TO 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded to 'A' from 'BBB+' its rating on approximately $18.1 million Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority charter school revenue bonds, series 2008 , issued on behalf of the American Academy Charter School . ... more info

15 Oct 2009: BOND EBULLIENCE RAISES EYEBROWS
Even some bond-fund managers are surprised by investors' continuing appetite for bonds and are warning that this year's outsize returns won't likely continue. ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA'S 2009 VARIABLE RATE LOBS 'AA+/F1+'
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to Raleigh, North Carolina's $47,675,000 variable-rate limited obligation bonds series 2009. The LOBs are scheduled to sell via negotiation on Oct. 22, 2009. ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH TO UPGRADE HIGHLANDS COUNTY HEALTH FACIL AUTH (FL) 2005E, 2006B & 2007B; CONFIRM S-T ON 2005-G
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Oct. 15, 2009, Fitch Ratings will upgrade to 'AA-F1+' from 'A-/F1' the ratings currently assigned to the following $224,405,000 Highlands County Health Facilities Authority Hospital Revenue Bonds : ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH: INCREMENTAL RISK ASSOCIATED WITH DAYTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, OH'S SWAPTION
CHICAGO----According to Fitch Ratings, the swaption transaction executed by Dayton City School District, Ohio on its unlimited tax, general obligation series 2003A and 2003D bonds introduces a degree of risk for the district's financial profile. ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH UPGRADES MIAMI PARKING SYSTEM REV REFUNDING BONDS TO 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the following new issues for the city of Miami, FL Department of Off-Street Parking : ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH TO CONFIRM CALIFORNIA VRGOS SERIES 2004A-1 THRU A-10 AND 2004B-1 THRU B-6 AT 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Oct. 15, 2009, Fitch will confirm the 'A+/F1+' ratings assigned to the $900,000,000 State of California, variable-rate general obligation bonds , consisting of: ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES NORTH SLOPE BOROUGH, ALASKA GO BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to North Slope Borough's $40 million general obligation bonds, series 2009A and $45.3 million GO bonds, series 2009B . In addition, Fitch affirms the borough's $385.8 million in outstanding GO bonds at 'A'. ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES BONDS 'AA'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING DEBT
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term rating of 'AA' to $1.3 billion series 2009 revenue and refunding bonds, to be issued by the Colorado Health Facilities Authority, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority and the County of Montgomery, Ohio for the benefit of Catholic Health Initiatives . ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES DUBLIN, OHIO'S $15.3MM ULTGOS AND $20.8MM LTGOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the City of Dublin, Ohio's approximately $15.3 million limited tax general obligation various purpose improvement and refunding bonds, series 2009A, which are secured by unlimited ad valorem property taxes; and approximately $20.8 million unlimited tax GO various purpose refunding bonds, series 2009B, which are secured by ad valorem property taxes within the ten-mill limitation imposed by Ohio law. ... more info

14 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MONMOUTH COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY, NEW JERSEY COUNTY GTD LEASE REVS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AAA' ratings to the following Monmouth County Improvement Authority , NJ's county guaranteed bonds: ... more info

13 Oct 2009: WHERE TO HIDE IF BONDS FALL
Short-term bond funds, stable-value funds and certificates of deposit can be havens for fixed-income assets. ... more info

13 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES SISTERS OF ST. FRANCIS HEALTH SERVICES (INDIANA) $225MM SERIES 2009A 'AA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA' rating to the expected issuance of approximately $225 million of Indiana Finance Authority Health System revenue bonds, series 2009A (Sisters of St. ... more info

13 Oct 2009: NEW OWNERS OF NEW ORLEANS HOTEL KEEP PLAN ALIVE
The owners of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans have sold only 10 percent of the special bonds needed to help finance the hotel's post-Hurricane Katrina overhaul, but that's enough to keep a redevelopment plan alive through 2010. ... more info

13 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN'S $25MM LIMITED TAX GOS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' rating to Wayne County, Michigan's approximately $25 million general obligation limited tax building improvement bonds, series 2009B , scheduled for negotiated sale on Oct. 22. ... more info

13 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES OHIO $75MM THIRD-FRONTIER GO BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $75 million State of Ohio third-frontier research and development general obligation bonds, series 2009B. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on or about Oct. 20, 2009. ... more info

13 Oct 2009: FITCH TO UPGRADE IL FINANCE AUTH (CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA) 2008 ADJ-RATE REVS TO 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Oct. 15, 2009, Fitch Ratings will upgrade to 'AA-/F1+' from 'A+/F1' the long and short-term ratings assigned to the $83,015,000 Illinois Finance Authority adjustable-rate demand revenue bonds, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, series 2008. ... more info

13 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MARYLAND'S $795MM GOS AND GO RFDG BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating on $795 million in State of Maryland general obligation bonds, state and local facilities loan of 2009, third series, consisting of: ... more info

13 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT CORP.'S 2009 RFDG BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the United Nations Development Corp.'s $117.2 million 2009 refunding bonds, series A. The Rating Outlook is Stable. Proceeds of the 2009 refunding bonds will be used to redeem all of the outstanding 2004 refunding bonds. ... more info

13 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES ALABAMA PUBLIC SCHOOL & COLLEGE AUTHORITY 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to approximately $773.8 million Alabama Public School and College Authority bonds, consisting of: ... more info

13 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES BOULDER COUNTY, COLORADO'S SPECIAL ASSESSMENT BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Boulder County, Colorado's Clean Energy Options Local Improvement District bonds as follows: ... more info

13 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS INDIANA BOND BANK GAS REVS; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE FOLLOWING ASSURED GUARANTY DOWNGRADE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms $296 million of Indiana Bond Bank special program gas revenue bonds, series 2007A,B at 'AA-' and assigns a Negative Rating Outlook following Fitch's downgrade of Assured Guaranty to 'AA-' from 'AA' and Negative Outlook assignment on Oct. 12, 2009. ... more info

13 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET ENDS ABOUT WHERE IT STARTED
After briefly touching highs for the year, shares on Wall Street ended the session mixed in a day of light trading. ... more info

12 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA'S REFUNDING GOS 'AAA'
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following City of Charlotte, North Carolina refunding general obligation bonds: ... more info

12 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ENERGY NORTHWEST (WA) WIND PROJECT BONDS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----As part of its ongoing surveillance efforts, Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'A-' rating on Energy Northwest's approximately $144.7 million in wind project revenue bonds, series 2003, 2005 and 2006. ... more info

12 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES MEAG POWER'S (GA) PROJECT ONE SUB BONDS & GENERAL RESOLUTION PROJECTS SUB BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia's $241.47 million Project One subordinated bonds, series 2009B and $9.185 million general resolution projects subordinated bonds, series 2009B. ... more info

12 Oct 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MICHIGAN'S GO LIMITED TAX BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A' rating on approximately $43.2 million of St. Clair County, Michigan's outstanding general obligation limited tax bonds, consisting of the following issues: ... more info

12 Oct 2009: FITCH CORRECTS RATING HISTORY FOR ROMEOVILLE VILLAGE, IL'S GO BONDS SERIES 2009
NEW YORK----An error was found in the rating on Fitch Ratings' web site for the bond listed below: ... more info

12 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY TFA'S $800MM BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to $800 million New York City Transitional Finance Authority future tax secured subordinate bonds fiscal 2010 series C, consisting of $140 million subseries C-1 tax-exempt subordinate bonds and $660 million subseries C-2 taxable subordinate bonds . ... more info

12 Oct 2009: FITCH RATES RHODE ISLAND CLEAN WATER FINANCE AGENCY DRINKING WATER SRF
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency's $9.5 million safe drinking water revolving fund revenue bonds series 2009A . The bonds are expected to price during the week of Oct. 26, 2009 via negotiation. ... more info

12 Oct 2009: FITCH UPGRADES ALASKA MUNI BOND BANK AUTHORITY $56MM REV BONDS TO 'A+'
SAN FRANCISCO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has upgraded the following bonds issued by the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority to 'A+' from 'A': ... more info

12 Oct 2009: RISKIEST EMERGING-MARKET BONDS SOAR
The sovereign credits of Argentina, Ecuador, Pakistan and Ukraine have gained more than 100% year-to-date. ... more info

10 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET BUILDS ON WEEK’S GAINS
Exchanges on Wall Street are on track for their best week since July. ... more info

10 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET BUILDS ON WEEK’S GAINS
Exchanges on Wall Street are on track for their best week since July. ... more info

10 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET BUILDS ON WEEK’S GAINS
Exchanges on Wall Street are on track for their best week since July. ... more info

10 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET BUILDS ON WEEK’S GAINS
Exchanges on Wall Street are on track for their best week since July. ... more info

10 Oct 2009: FAIR GAME: WHEN BOND RATINGS GET STALE
Owning bonds whose ratings haven’t been reviewed for decades is a risky proposition. ... more info

10 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET BUILDS ON WEEK’S GAINS
Exchanges on Wall Street are on track for their best week since July. ... more info

10 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET BUILDS ON WEEK’S GAINS
Exchanges on Wall Street are on track for their best week since July. ... more info

10 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET BUILDS ON WEEK’S GAINS
Exchanges on Wall Street are on track for their best week since July. ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : BONDS SINK AS MARKET STRUGGLES TO ABSORB SUPPLY
Treasury prices tumbled Friday, extending losses touched off the previous day by a disappointing auction of 30-year bonds. ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES ORLANDO UTILITIES COMMISSION'S (FL) $135MM 2009C UTILITY SYST REV RFDG BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Orlando Utilities Commission's $135 million utility system revenue refunding bonds, series 2009C. Fitch also affirms the 'AA' rating on OUC's outstanding combined utility revenue bonds. ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS TOLEDO-LUCAS COUNTY PORT AUTH, OHIO REVS AT 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB-' rating on the $88.3 million Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Ohio outstanding development revenue program bonds. The Rating Outlook remains Negative. ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS CLEVELAND-CUYAHOGA COUNTY PORT AUTH, OHIO REVS AT 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB-' rating on approximately $78 million Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Ohio outstanding development revenue program bonds. The Rating Outlook remains Negative. ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES MISSISSIPPI'S GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA' ratings to the following State of Mississippi general obligation bonds: ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA DEVELOPMENT FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $8.2MM LEASE REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to $8.2 million Oklahoma Development Finance Authority state system of higher education master real property lease revenue bonds series 2009D. ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS NEMOURS FOUNDATION (FL) SERIES 2009A, B & C REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the following series of revenue bonds issued by the Orange County Health Facilities Authority, FL on behalf of The Nemours Foundation : ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS THE MOORINGS, INC., FLORIDA'S UNDERLYING RATING AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the underlying ratings on Moorings Park's $17.8 million series 2000 bonds, $27 million series 2005 bonds and $34.8 million series 2008 bonds issued by the Collier County, FL Health Facilities Authority. ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA COMBINED ENTERPRISE SYSTEM RFDG REVS SERIES 2009A 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the city of Raleigh, North Carolina's approximately $70 million combined enterprise system revenue refunding bonds, series 2009A. ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES GROTON, CONNECTICUT'S 2009 GOS 'AA-' & BANS 'F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the town of Groton, CT's $9.7 million of 2009 general obligation bonds and an 'F1+' rating to the town's $3.1 million of 2009 GO bond anticipation notes . ... more info

9 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA'S $27.6MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Suffolk, Virginia's estimated $27.6 million general obligation public utility bonds, consisting of: series 2009A and series 2009B . ... more info

9 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: AFTER HEARTENING REPORTS, SHARES RISE
A constellation of different signals on job losses, company profits and retail sales gave Wall Street’s optimists a little more reason to celebrate. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA PUBLIC WORKS BOARD'S $820MM LEASE REVS 'BBB-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB-' rating to approximately $820 million in lease revenue bonds of the State Public Works Board of the State of California. The bonds are expected to consist of $789.4 million, to be sold either as 2009 series G subseries G-1 or 2009 series G subseries G-2 . ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES KIPP, INC.'S (TX) $67MM SERIES 2009A/B REVS 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB' rating to the approximately $65,515,000 of education revenue bonds, series 2009A and $1,370,000 of taxable education revenue bonds, series 2009B, issued by La Vernia Higher Education Finance Corporation on behalf of KIPP, Inc. . ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH UPGRADES TAMPA, FLORIDA'S UTILITY TAX REVS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has upgraded the rating on Tampa, Florida's $53.75 million of outstanding utilities tax and special revenue refunding bonds, series 2001 and series 2001B to 'AA-' from 'A+'. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON ENHANCED VARIABLE-RATE MUNI BONDS
NEW YORK----In connection with the Sept. 14 placement of Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg's long- and short-term Issuer Default Ratings on Rating Watch Negative, Fitch Ratings has reviewed ratings of municipal bonds supported by letters of credit and liquidity facilities provided by LBBW and has taken various actions. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : WEAK AUCTION OF 30-YEAR BONDS SENDS TREASURYS DOWN
Treasury prices tumbled Thursday after an auction of $12 billion of 30-year bonds was met with lukewarm demand. In late trading, the price of the 30-year Treasury dropped 1 15/32 to 107 3/32, pushing its yield up to 4.09 percent from 4.01 percent late Wednesday. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH REVISES OUTLOOK ON JACKSONVILLE (FL) 2008B TRANSPORTATION BONDS TO STABLE
NEW YORK----In connection with the recent Rating Outlook revision to Stable assigned to the underlying rating of the Jacksonville, Florida transportation revenue bonds series 2008B , Fitch has revised the Outlook on the bonds to Stable from Negative. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH BOOSTS RATINGS ON LOUISIANA BONDS
Citing stronger financial management by the state in recent years, Fitch Ratings on Thursday boosted its rating on $2.5 billion in outstanding Louisiana general obligation bonds from A-plus to AA-minus. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS ESSENTIA HEALTH (MN) AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the underlying rating of 'A-' on approximately $291.75 million of health care facilities variable-rate demand revenue bonds, series 2008A-C and $106.3 million of health care facilities bonds, series 2008D-E issued on behalf of Essentia Health by the following issuers: $124,800,000 Cass County, North Dakota; $12,975,000 Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority; $260,310,000 Minnesota Agricultural and Economic Development Board, all in conjunction with Essentia's planned conversion of approximately $197 million of variable-rate demand debt to fixed-rate debt. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES ORANGE COUNTY HEALTH FACILITIES AUTH (NEMOURS FNDN) $100MM SER 2009 B 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the Orange County Health Facilities Authority's $100,000,000 revenue bonds series 2009B . The long-term rating is based on the higher of the 'A+' rating assigned by Fitch to Bank of America, N.A. , which provides the support of an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit to the bonds, and the 'AA+' underlying rating assigned by Fitch to the bonds . ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH CORRECTS RATING ON VARIOUS COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'AA' long-term underlying rating on certain maturities for the following bonds because they have been prerefunded: ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS BURBANK PUBLIC FINANCING AUTH, CA'S $52MM TAX ALLOCATION REVS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Burbank Public Financing Authority's $52,000,000 outstanding series 2007 tax allocation revenue bonds at 'A'. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES LOUISIANA GOS 'AA-'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING GOS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $200 million State of Louisiana general obligation bonds, series 2009-A and $124,780,000 GO refunding bonds, series 2009-B, scheduled to sell competitively on Oct. 27, 2009. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS EDA OF JAMES CITY COUNTY, VA'S LEASE REVS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' rating on the $86.2 million outstanding Economic Development Authority of James City County, Virginia's lease revenue bonds , series 2006. ... more info

8 Oct 2009: TREASURYS SLUMP AFTER AUCTION
A bout of selling hit the Treasury market following a weaker-than-expected $12 billion auction of reopened 30-year bonds. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : TREASURY BONDS PROVIDE UNIQUE HEDGE DURING STRESS EVENTS, ACCORDING TO MELLON CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
Treasury bonds provide protection against economic shocks, a diversification characteristic that is typically not found in other asset classes, according to a recent analysis by Mellon Capital Management Corporation , part of BNY Mellon Asset Management. ... more info

8 Oct 2009 : DEFERRING INTEREST ON SAVINGS BONDS
There are several ways for taxpayers to report the interest earned on savings bonds. ... more info

8 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES ARE FLAT AS INVESTORS AWAIT EARNINGS REPORTS
Corporate earnings reports, to be released beginning Wednesday, will provide signs of the strength of the recovery. ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : IRELAND RAISES €7BN WITH 15-YEAR BONDS
Longest-dated bond yet matures in March 2025. It was sold for an annual yield of 5.47 per cent. Ireland's total issuance this year has hit €32.4bn ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES WASHOE COUNTY SCHOOL DIST, NEVADA'S $47MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Washoe County School District , Nevada's $47 million general obligation limited tax school improvement bonds, consisting of $36.9 million series 2009B and $10.1 million series 2009C . ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : IRELAND RAISES €7BN WITH 15-YEAR BONDS
Longest-dated bond yet matures in March 2025. It was sold for an annual yield of 5.47 per cent. Ireland's total issuance this year has hit €32.4bn ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS' $1.2MM WATER & SEWER SYSTEM SUB LIEN REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Lake County, Illinois' $1.2 million water and sewer system second lien subordinate revenue bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA+' rating on $36.4 million of the county's outstanding senior lien water and sewer system revenue bonds and the 'AA' rating on the county's $1.7 million outstanding subordinate lien water and sewer system revenue bonds. ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA'S $459MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Fairfax County, Virginia's $459 million general obligation bonds, consisting of: ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES TEXAS PERMANENT UNIVERSITY FUND 2009C REFUNDING BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to approximately $157,755,000 of Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System permanent university fund refunding bonds, series 2009C. ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES VA PUBLIC SCHOOL AUTHORITY'S SCHOOL BONDS SERIES 2009 & 2009D 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+' ratings to the following Virginia Public School Authority bonds: ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS MUELLER LOCAL GOVT. CORP., TX CONTRACT REVS AT 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA' rating on the Mueller Local Government Corporation, Texas' contract revenue bonds, series 2006, of which $11.6 million are outstanding. ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM 2009C&D RFS BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the following series of revenue financing system bonds issued by the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System : ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS DFW RENTAL CAR BONDS AT 'BBB+'; REVISES OUTLOOK TO STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Facilities Improvement Corporation's approximately $124.3 million of outstanding series 1998 and 1999 rental car facility bonds. ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH CONFIRMS S-T 'F1+' RTG ON INDIANA FIN. AUTH STADIUM 2005A, 2007A & CONV CTR 2008A-1 BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the following Indiana Finance Authority bonds: ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : MO. TO SELL $300M IN BONDS UNDER 2004 ROAD PLAN
Missouri highway officials have approved the last piece of financing for a $2 billion road plan authorized by voters five years ago. ... more info

7 Oct 2009: SUKUK MARKET ON VERGE OF A REVIVAL
Indonesia, Pakistan and South Korea are lining up to sell Islamic bonds offshore in separate offerings that will add diversity to a niche area of finance. ... more info

7 Oct 2009: U.K. GIVES BANKERS A LESSER PENALTY
The U.K.'s markets regulator said it has censured two portfolio managers at Dresdner Kleinwort for market abuse related to a new issue of bonds from Barclays. ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : IRELAND RAISES €7BN WITH 15-YEAR BONDS
Longest-dated bond yet matures in March 2025. It was sold for an annual yield of 5.47 per cent. Ireland's total issuance this year has hit €32.4bn ... more info

7 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: STOCKS AND GOLD GAIN AS INVESTORS SHUN THE DOLLAR
Shares rose ahead of the start of earnings season, and the value of the dollar skidded as investors fretted over a report that crude oil could one day be priced in other currencies. ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : FITCH UPGRADES LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO GRT BONDS; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings upgrades its rating on Las Cruces, New Mexico's outstanding $33.8 million gross receipts tax revenue bonds to 'AA-' from 'A+'. ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : MARKETAXESS SEPT. TRADING VOLUME DOUBLES
MarketAxess Holdings Inc., which operates an electric trading platform for corporate bonds, said Wednesday its trading volume more than doubled in September. ... more info

7 Oct 2009 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2009
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for September 2009 of $29.3 billion, consisting of $16.9 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $6.6 billion in eurobond volume, and $5.8 billion in other volume. ... more info

7 Oct 2009: TREASURYS GAIN ON FED PURCHASES
Treasurys prices rose, making the most of modest support from the Federal Reserve's latest purchases before a large auction of 10-year bonds. ... more info

7 Oct 2009: FSA CENSURES DRESDNER K2 MANAGERS
The U.K.'s markets regulator said it has censured two portfolio managers at Dresdner Kleinwort for market abuse related to a new issue of bonds from Barclays. ... more info

6 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Queen Anne's County, Maryland's roughly $30 million general obligation bonds, including $12.2 million public facilities bonds, series 2009A, and $17.7 million public facilities bonds, series 2009B. ... more info

6 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS SURPRISE MUNI PROP. CORP., AZ DEVEL. FEE WASTEWATER REVS AT 'BBB'
AUSTIN, Texas----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms its 'BBB' rating for the Surprise Municipal Property Corporation's , AZ outstanding $50.7 million wastewater development impact fee and subordinate lien wastewater utility revenue bonds, series 2007. ... more info

6 Oct 2009 : VENEZUELA UPS DEBT BOND SALE TO NEARLY $5B
President Hugo Chavez's government has sold nearly $5 billion in debt bonds to local investors. The government initially offered $3 billion of the dollar-denominated bonds last week. ... more info

6 Oct 2009 : FITCH TO UPGRADE FAIRFAX COUNTY EDA, VA (THE GEORGE MASON UNIV FOUNDATION) REVS SER 2003 TO 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Oct. 7, 2009, Fitch Ratings will upgrade the rating assigned to the $35,125,000 Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, VA student housing revenue bonds , series 2003 to 'A+/F1+' from 'A-/F1'. ... more info

6 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS WHITNEY INTERCOUNTY DRAIN DRAINAGE DISTRICT, MICHIGAN'S DRAIN BONDS AT 'BBB+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed at 'BBB+' the Whitney Intercounty Drain Drainage District , Michigan's Whitney Intercounty drain bonds, series 2007. The bonds are payable first from special assessments levied on benefited property within the district. ... more info

6 Oct 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES 748 BONDS TO 'D' IN 479 U.S. RMBS TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded 748 bonds in 479 residential mortgage-backed securities transactions to 'D' indicating that the bond has incurred a principal write-down. The bonds being downgraded to 'D' as part of this review were all previously rated 'CCC','CC' or 'C' indicating that a default was expected. ... more info

6 Oct 2009: CIT BONDHOLDERS TO SEEK SWEETER TERMS
Some holders of CIT Group's longer-dated bonds will ask the century-old lender to sweeten the terms offered in a sweeping debt exchange aimed at reducing the company's leverage. ... more info

6 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS PENNSYLVANIA INFRASTRUCTURE AUTH'S REV BONDS AT 'AAA'
CHICAGO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' rating on the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority's $35.3 million in outstanding loan pool program revenue bonds . ... more info

6 Oct 2009 : MARKETAXESS TO HOST CONFERENCE CALL ANNOUNCING 2009 THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, will announce its 2009 third quarter results on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. ... more info

6 Oct 2009: U.K. MANUFACTURING OUTPUT SLUMPS
An unexpected slump in manufacturing data roiled U.K. financial markets, causing sterling to tumble while stocks and U.K. government bonds edged higher thanks to signs interest rates will remain low. ... more info

6 Oct 2009: BRITISH BANKS WILL FACE TOUGHER LIQUIDITY RULES
A regulator planned to require financial services firms to buy $175 billion in government bonds, or other assets, that would remain liquid in a financial crisis. ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : RRI ENERGY INCREASES SIZE OF CASH TENDER OFFER FOR SENIOR SECURED NOTES AND PEDFA BONDS TO $200 MILLION AND EXTENDS EARLY PARTICIPATION DEADLINE
HOUSTON----RRI Energy, Inc. today announced that it has increased the "Maximum Acceptance Amount" for its previously announced cash tender offer to purchase its outstanding 6.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2014 and Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority's outstanding Exempt Facilities Revenue Bonds Series 2001A, 2002A, 2002B, 2003A and 2004A . ... more info

5 Oct 2009: BRITISH BANKS TO FACE TOUGHER LIQUIDITY RULES
A regulator planned to require financial services firms to buy $175 billion in government bonds, or other assets, that would remain liquid in a financial crisis. ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : TREASURYS LITTLE CHANGED DESPITE STRONG TIPS SALE
Treasury prices were little changed Monday as investors balanced strong results of an auction of inflation-protected bonds against a rising stock market, which sapped demand for safe-haven investments. ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS OREGON'S LOTTERY REVS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying 'A+' ratings on the following series of the State of Oregon's lottery revenue bonds: ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES GWINNETT COUNTY WATER & SEWERAGE AUTH, GEORGIA'S $272MM REVS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Gwinnett County Water and Sewerage Authority, Georgia's approximately $247.8 million revenue bonds, series 2009A and $24 million taxable revenue bonds , series 2009B. ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES LAS VEGAS, NEVADA'S $15MM LTGOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the City of Las Vegas, Nevada's $15 million limited tax general obligation medium-term bonds series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to sell on Oct. 14, 2009. ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES WASHINGTON'S $1.4B GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the approximately $1.4 billion State of Washington general obligation bonds scheduled to sell the week of Oct. 12, 2009. The offering consists of four series as follows: ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES VIRGINIA'S $45MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AAA' ratings to the Commonwealth of Virginia's general obligation bonds as follows: ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES CANADIAN RIVER MUNICIPAL WATER AUTH, TEXAS $22MM CONTRACT REVS 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the $21.6 million contract revenue bonds, series 2009 of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority, Texas . The bonds are scheduled to sell the week of Oct. 12 via negotiation. ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM 2009C&D RFS BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings rates the following series of revenue financing system bonds issued by the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System : ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES WISCONSIN'S $117MM PETROLEUM FEE RFDG BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $117.3 million State of Wisconsin petroleum inspection fee revenue refunding bonds, 2009 series 1, expected via negotiation the week of Oct. 5. ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES DELAWARE'S $515MM GO BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the State of Delaware's $515 million general obligation bonds, series 2009, consisting of: ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS ST. GEORGE, UTAH'S OUTSTANDING SALES TAX REV BONDS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----In the course of surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' rating of St. George, Utah's approximately $25.4 million of outstanding sales tax revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA IMPLIED GO & PUBLIC IMPROV. REVS AT 'AA' & 'AA-'
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA' rating on Palm Beach Gardens, Florida's $10.6 million of outstanding general obligation bonds and the 'AA-' on $18.2 million of outstanding public improvement and refunding bonds, series 2003. ... more info

5 Oct 2009 : FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION: KNOX CNTY TENNESSEE HEALTH REVS 2008A&B CATHOLIC HEALTHCARE PARTNERS
NEW YORK----An error was found in the underlying rating on the Fitch Ratings web site for the bonds listed below: ... more info

5 Oct 2009: JUNK-RATED BOND ISSUANCE JUMPS
The percentage of speculative-grade debt was in bonds rose to 86% during the first nine months of this year, compared with 45% in the year-earlier period, S&P said. ... more info

4 Oct 2009: INFLATION PROTECTION: NO GUARANTEES
Funds holding indexed bonds, gold and commodities are popular as hedges against rising prices. Time will tell if they can deliver. ... more info

4 Oct 2009: CALIFORNIA FOLLOWS NOTE SALE WITH BOND SALE
California, fresh off its recent sale of $8.8 billion of short-term notes, plans to sell $4.5 billion of tax-exempt and taxable bonds this week, The Wall Street Journal reports. ... more info

3 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WORRIES ABOUT A RECOVERY PUSH MARKETS LOWER
A disappointing jobs report from the United States sent a chilly blast into the markets, and reinforced beliefs that the economy’s bounce had leveled off. ... more info

2 Oct 2009: MARKETS' SWEET SPOT COULD SOUR
The latest moves between stocks and government bonds have cast a shadow over the summer sweet spot that saw rallies across asset classes. ... more info

2 Oct 2009: OFF THE CHARTS: GREAT YEAR, BUT S.&P. CLOSES IN ON ITS WORST DECADE EVER
The smart money in the millennium’s first decade — or at least its final year — was in junk bonds, and the junkier the better. ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS STANLY HEALTH SERVICES (NC) BONDS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB+' rating on the North Carolina Medical Care Commission's series 1999 bonds, issued for Stanly Health Services. In addition, Fitch affirms the underlying rating of 'BBB+' on $28.99 million of NCMCC healthcare facilities revenue bonds series 1996. ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES PITZER COLLEGE'S (CALIFORNIA) REVS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the approximately $63.8 million of California Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds , series 2009. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on or about Oct. 21, 2009, and will finance certain capital improvement projects; refund the outstanding CEFA revenue bonds , series 1999A and CEFA variable rate demand revenue bonds , series 2005B; and pay various costs of issuance. ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES $203MM FLORIDA FULL FAITH & CREDIT RIGHT-OF-WAY BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Florida's $203,240,000 full faith and credit department of transportation right-of-way acquisition and bridge construction refunding bonds, series 2009B, for bid on 18-hours notice as soon as Oct. 5, 2009. ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES MTA NEW YORK'S $597MM TRANSPORTATION REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the following Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York transportation revenue bonds: ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES CHICAGO, IL SALES TAX REVS 'AA'; REVS & GO OUTLOOKS TO NEG; DOWNGRADES FUEL TAX BONDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the city of Chicago's sales tax bonds as follows: ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES ATLANTA, GEORGIA WATER & SEWER REVS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' underlying rating to Atlanta, GA's approximately $460 million water and wastewater revenue bonds, series 2009B. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on Oct. 13, 2009 with proceeds being used to refund outstanding parity bonds originally issued as variable rate demand obligations backed a letter of credit that is set to expire on Nov. 1. ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS CONSOLIDATED CITY UTILITIES OF SPRINGFIELD, MO REVS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri's public utility revenue bonds and electric system lease obligations at 'AA'. The outstanding $615 million series 2006 bonds are senior to $124 million of public utility lease obligations. ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE DORMITORY AUTHORITY'S $406MM PIT BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York's approximately $406,245,000 state personal income tax revenue bonds, consisting of: ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : COMMISSION OKS SETTLEMENT DEAL FOR ALLEGHENY
Allegheny Power, the electric delivery unit of Allegheny Energy Inc., said Friday that the Public Service Commission of West Virginia has approved a settlement that allows the company to issue bonds to fund the remaining portion of its gas scrubber project near Morgantown, W.Va. ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH WITHDRAWS UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FAYETTEVILLE CAMPUS' UNENHANCED RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings simultaneously affirms and withdraws its unenhanced 'A+' rating on the following series of bonds issued by the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas on behalf of the University of Arkansas Fayetteville Campus: ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES MERRILL LYNCH TERM TENDER CUSTODIAL RECEIPTS, SERIES 2009-AF, 'AA+/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1' to the $20,050,000 Term Tender Custodial Receipts, series 2009-AF, relating to Illinois Finance Authority, revenue bonds, series 2007B . ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS 'BBB-' RATING FOR BRIGHTER CHOICE CHARTER SCHOOLS (NEW YORK); OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB-' rating on approximately $18.4 million of outstanding civic facility revenue bonds, series 2007A and 2007B issued by the City of Albany Industrial Development Agency's on behalf of the Brighter Choice Charter Schools . ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES COCONINO COUNTY (AZ) (TUCSON ELECTRIC POWER CO. SAN JUAN PROJ) 2009 SERIES A PCRBS 'BB+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BB+' rating to the anticipated $14.7 million issuance of Coconino County of Arizona pollution control corporation pollution control revenue bonds , 2009 series A . ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : ENTERGY FILES PLAN TO RECOVER STORM DAMAGE
Entergy Corp. is proposing the use of revenue bonds backed by surcharges on Louisiana customers' bills to pay for about $420 million in costs for restoring power following hurricanes Gustav and Ike last year, according to a regulatory filing. ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS WINCHESTER HOSPITAL'S $58.3MM BONDS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB+' rating on approximately $58.3 million outstanding bonds issued by the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority on behalf of Winchester Hospital . ... more info

2 Oct 2009 : ALLEGHENY POWER ANNOUNCES DECISION ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT FINANCING IN WEST VIRGINIA
GREENSBURG, Pa.----Allegheny Power, the electric delivery business of Allegheny Energy, Inc. , announced today that the Public Service Commission of West Virginia has approved a settlement agreement that allows the company to issue bonds to fund the remaining portion of its flue gas desulfurization project at the Fort Martin Power Station, near Morgantown, W.Va. ... more info

2 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHAKY PACE OF RECOVERY SETS OFF A SHARP DECLINE
Despite an increase in spending, economists worry any rebound could falter if income growth does not improve. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES 3 CLASSES OF MORGAN STANLEY 1997-RR
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded three classes issued by Morgan Stanley 1997-RR. The downgrades reflect losses experienced by the junior classes and that the quality of the remaining collateral consists of approximately 55% commercial mortgage-backed securities bonds rated below 'B-' or unrated first loss CMBS bonds. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON 8 CLASSES OF MORGAN STANLEY 2004-RR
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken various rating actions on notes issued by Morgan Stanley 2004-RR. The downgrades to the junior classes reflect the quality of the remaining collateral of which approximately 55% are commercial mortgage-backed securities bonds rated below 'B-' or are unrated first loss CMBS bonds. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES 2 CLASSES OF CRIIMI MAE 1996-C1
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded two classes issued by CRIIMI MAE 1996-1. The downgrades reflect losses experienced by the junior class and that the quality of the remaining collateral consists of approximately 83% commercial mortgage-backed securities bonds rated 'CCC+' and below or unrated first loss CMBS bonds. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES 15 CLASSES OF ARCAP 2005-RR5
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded 15 classes issued by ARCAP 2005-RR5. The downgrades reflect losses experienced by the L through N classes and that the quality of the remaining collateral consists of approximately 95% commercial mortgage-backed securities bonds rated below 'B-' or unrated first loss CMBS bonds. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (10/01/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the affirmation of the long- and short-term Issuer Default Ratings of SunTrust Bank , Fitch Ratings has affirmed municipal bonds supported by letters of credit and liquidity facilities provided by SunTrust. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES YORKVILLE, IL'S GOS TO 'A-' & DEBT CERTS TO 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings downgrades the rating on the United City of Yorkville, Illinois' approximately $35 million of outstanding general obligation bonds to 'A-' from 'A' and the rating on the city's approximately $10 million of outstanding debt certificates to 'BBB' from 'A-'. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD SOLID WASTE REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying 'AA-' rating to Prince George's County, MD's approximately $12 million solid waste management system refunding revenue bonds, series 2003. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH WITHDRAWS JACKSON COUNTY SCHNECK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PROJECT (IN) 2006B ENHANCED BOND RATINGS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the enhanced 'A-/F1' ratings assigned to the Indiana Health and Educational Facility Financing Authority's adjustable rate hospital revenue bonds, series 2006B . ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH RATES MARYLAND CDA'S 2009 C RESIDENTIAL REVENUE BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the Maryland Community Development Administration's $15.99 million residential revenue bonds, 2009 series C. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating on CDA's outstanding residential revenue bonds. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS ATWATER PUBLIC FINANCING AUTH, CA'S WASTEWATER AND WATER REVS AT 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----As part of its ongoing surveillance effort, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB' ratings on Atwater Public Financing Authority, California's wastewater revenue bonds, series 2008 and water revenue bonds, series 2003 . ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON SOUTHEAST MISSOURI HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION REVENUE BONDS SERIES 2002
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its 'BBB+' long-term rating on certain maturities for the following bonds: ... more info

1 Oct 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: DESPITE THE SKEPTICS, THIRD QUARTER WAS ROBUST
The Dow Jones industrial average added 1,265 points, or 15 percent, from July through September. ... more info

1 Oct 2009 : UKRAINE'S NAFTOGAZ INDICATES DEFAULT ON BONDS
Ukraine's debt-laden state energy company Naftogaz on Thursday effectively defaulted on its $500 million Eurobond issue after it failed to make a payment on time, but a deal on restructuring the debt was expected soon. ... more info

1 Oct 2009: INVESTORS BUY EMERGING-WORLD DEBT
Flush with cash and eager to find higher yields, investors welcomed a fresh batch of emerging-market bonds Wednesday.. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: CORPORATE BONDS MULTIPLY IN U.K.
The Bank of England is taking credit for a sharp increase in bond issues from U.K. companies this year, saying that purchase of state debt diverted investor cash to that market. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES KGE'S SECURED PCRRBS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to the $50 million issuance of 5% secured pollution control refunding revenue bonds due June 1, 2031 issued by the City of Burlington, Kansas on behalf of Kansas Gas and Electric . ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ORLANDO, FLORIDA'S STATE SALES TAX 2007 REVS AT 'AA-'
TAMPA----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' rating on the city of Orlando, Florida's approximately $32.4 million in outstanding state sales tax revenue bonds, series 2007. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CALIFORNIA'S GO RATING AT 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB' long-term rating to approximately $4.5 billion in general obligation bonds of the state of California , expected to consist of various purpose GO bonds, GO refunding bonds, various purpose GO bonds , and GO refunding bonds . ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES FROEDTERT & COMMUNITY HEALTH (WISCONSIN) $194MM 2009C REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA-' rating to the expected issuance of approximately $194.1 million of Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2009C . ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION: FITCH RATES ALASKA MUNICIPAL BOND BANK GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $13 million in Alaska Municipal Bond Bank general obligation bonds 2009 series three bonds maturing Aug. 1, 2010-2019. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH CORRECTS RATINGS ON ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM/SUNBELT OBLIGATED GROUP BONDS
NEW YORK----An error was found in the rating on Fitch Ratings' web site for the bonds listed below: ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS OKLAHOMA STUDENT LOAN AUTHORITY'S SERIES 2008II A-1 AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the long- and short-term ratings of the Oklahoma Student Loan Authority's Oklahoma student loan bonds and notes, senior variable rate demand obligations, series 2008II A-1 bonds at 'A+' and 'F1+', respectively. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES MAINE MUNICIPAL BOND BANK'S $10.1MM REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Maine Municipal Bond Bank's $10,125,000 general tax exempt fund group bonds, series 2009G. The 2009G bonds are expected to sell during the week of Oct. 5, 2009 via negotiation. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MISSISSIPPI HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE CORP. 1999 TRUST
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms 20 classes of senior bonds and removes from Rating Watch Negative and affirms seven classes of subordinate bonds issued by Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corporation 1999 Trust. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES PENDERGAST ESD NO. 92, ARIZONA'S SCHOOL BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the Pendergast Elementary School District No. 92 of Maricopa County, Arizona's $9.3 million school improvement bonds, Project of 2006, series D . ... more info

30 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES MARTIN COUNTY, FL'S UTILITY SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Martin County, Florida's approximately $7.9 million utilities system improvement revenue bonds, series 2009A and $28.2 million utilities system refunding revenue bonds, series 2009B. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: UKRAINE'S NAFTOGAZ SEEKS DEBT RESTRUCTURING
Ukrainian officials held talks in London with investors in hopes of winning a reprieve on $500 million worth of Eurobonds issued by the state energy company Naftogaz that mature Wednesday. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: EX-MOODY'S EMPLOYEE WARNED SEC ABOUT MUNI ISSUES
A former employee of Moody's Investors Service warned federal regulators in March about deficiencies in the credit rating agency's monitoring of municipal bonds after being rebuffed by Moody's executives, a document shows. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: BI-COASTAL BOND OFFERINGS
Two of the nation's biggest municipal issuers are set to borrow nearly $4 billion in separate offerings, taking advantage of the federally supported Build America Bonds program. ... more info

30 Sep 2009: TIPS, AUSTRALIAN STYLE, OFFER TAX BREAK
The Australian government launched its first sale of inflation-linked bonds since 2003, amid expectations of strong demand from domestic and international investors. ... more info

29 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA BIOTECH AUTHORITY'S $36.8MM BONDS `AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA+' rating to approximately $36,820,000 Virginia Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority, Commonwealth of Virginia lease revenue refunding bonds , series 2009. ... more info

29 Sep 2009: FITCH TO CONFIRM INDIANA FIN AUTH LIQUIDITY BACKED BONDS AT 'F1+'; AFFIRMS LEASE BONDS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA' rating on the Indiana Finance Authority's $666,525,000 lease appropriation bonds , series 2005A, 2007A, and 2008A and $120,000,000 lease appropriation bonds , series 2008A as well as bank bonds corresponding to all four series. ... more info

29 Sep 2009: TOP ITALIAN BANKS SAY NO TO STATE AID
Italy's two largest banks, Unicredit and Intesa SanPaolo, backed out of a plan to sell bonds to the government, saying Tuesday that improving economic conditions made the proposed state aid unnecessary. ... more info

29 Sep 2009: BUILD AMERICA BONDS - SECONDARY MARKET TRADING SUMMARY (9.29.09)
Much has been written about the explosive new issue market for Build America Bonds . ... more info

29 Sep 2009: RUSSELL SURVEY: MANAGERS PRESS PAUSE
TACOMA, Wash.----The results of the latest Investment Manager Outlook, a quarterly survey of U.S. investment managers conducted by Russell Investments, reveal that professional investment managers have dialed down their bullishness from last quarter, particularly in the areas of emerging markets and corporate bonds. ... more info

29 Sep 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: MERGER NEWS SENDS WALL ST. HIGHER
Stocks bounded higher on signs that companies once again had enough cash, credit and confidence to undertake big-ticket deals. ... more info

29 Sep 2009: COVERED BONDS MEET DEMAND
There are no signs of a slowdown in the issuance of covered bonds after $20.54 billion worth of the high-quality bank debt hit credit markets last week. ... more info

29 Sep 2009: COVERED BONDS MEET DEMAND
There are no signs of a slowdown in the issuance of covered bonds after $20.54 billion worth of the high-quality bank debt hit credit markets last week. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: VENEZUELA OFFERS $3 BILLION IN BONDS
President Hugo Chavez's government is selling $3 billion in dollar-denominated bonds to finance public spending while Venezuela copes with a sharp decline in oil income. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: VENEZUELA TO SELL $3 BILLION IN BONDS
Venezuela announced a dollar-denominated government-bond sale for at least $3 billion, a move that gave the bolivar currency a boost against the dollar in the black market. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: FITCH RATINGS AFFIRMS AES PUERTO RICO'S BONDS AT 'BBB-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'BBB-' rating for AES Puerto Rico, L.P.'s $161.9 million tax-exempt bonds due 2026 and $33.1 million taxable bonds due 2022. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES AMP $479.17MM PRAIRIE STATE PROJECT REVENUE BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A' to the $479.17 million American Municipal Power , Prairie State Energy Campus project revenue bonds series 2009B, 2009C, and 2009D. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: FITCH UPGRADES SAN FRANCISCO INTL AIRPORT (CALIFORNIA) REVS TO 'A+'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $1.3 billion Airport Commission, City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport , second series revenue and revenue refunding bonds consisting of the following: ... more info

28 Sep 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES NORTH CAROLINA'S $100MM SERIES 2002F RFDG BONDS TO 'F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades the short-term rating assigned to the State of North Carolina's $99,870,000 refunding bonds series 2002F to 'F1' from 'F1+'. Fitch recently affirmed the bonds' long-term 'AAA' rating which is based on Fitch's rating for North Carolina's general obligation bonds. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: FITCH UPGRADES UNIFIED GOVT OF WYANDOTTE CNTY/KANSAS CITY (KS) SALES TAX REVS TO 'BBB'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings upgrades the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas' outstanding taxable sales tax special obligation revenue refunding bonds as follows: ... more info

28 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS AVERY RANCH ROAD DISTRICT NO. 1 (TX) UNLIMITED TAX BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A' rating assigned to $14,500,000 of outstanding unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2007 and unlimited tax road bonds, series 2005 . ... more info

28 Sep 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON VARIOUS CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its 'AA' long-term rating on certain maturities for the following bond: ... more info

28 Sep 2009: COVERED BONDS MEET HEARTY DEMAND
There are no signs of a slowdown in the issuance of covered bonds after $20.54 billion worth of the high-quality bank debt hit credit markets last week. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: LONG-TERM TREASURYS LEAD RALLY
U.S. government bonds gathered momentum in a rally. Long-dated issues were the best performers, thanks to the popularity of so-called curve-flattening trades. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: CHINESE BOND SALE TESTS GLOBAL DEMAND
China started selling yuan-denominated sovereign bonds in Hong Kong for the first time on Monday, testing international demand for its currency. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: BEIJING SELLING 1ST YUAN BONDS IN HONG KONG
The first sale in Hong Kong of Chinese government bonds denominated in the mainland's yuan began Monday, adding to Beijing's gradual campaign to expand the use abroad of its tightly controlled currency. ... more info

28 Sep 2009: BEIJING SELLS 1ST YUAN BONDS IN HONG KONG
Beijing sold government bonds denominated in the mainland's yuan for the first time Monday in Hong Kong, adding to gradual moves to expand the international use of its tightly controlled currency. ... more info

27 Sep 2009: CREDIT THAW THREATENS TREASURYS' GAINS
The Treasury market has benefited from the fragile state of the U.S. economy, but the unfolding recovery in the credit markets could yet push government bonds off their perch. ... more info

26 Sep 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WEAKNESS IN HOUSING PUTS INVESTORS ON DEFENSIVE
Wall Street was disappointed by weaker-than-expected reports on durable goods and sales of new home. ... more info

25 Sep 2009: WEEKEND INVESTOR: FIVE WAYS TO PROFIT FROM THE WEAKER DOLLAR
These days it seems like global investors can’t get rid of their U.S. dollars fast enough. Some timely investing strategies attempt to profit from this distaste. Foreign stocks, bonds and currencies, along with commodities, tend to rise when the dollar declines. ... more info

25 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES MINNESOTA'S $60MM 911 REVENUE BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $60 million State of Minnesota 911 revenue bonds , series 2009. The bonds, scheduled to sell through negotiation the week of Oct. 5, mature June 1, 2010-2025. ... more info

25 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES $35MM NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE REVENUE BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's approximately $35 million turnpike revenue bonds, series 2009G. Fitch also affirms the authority's outstanding senior revenue bonds at 'A'. ... more info

25 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY'S $1.83B GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to New York City's $1.83 billion general obligation bonds, fiscal 2010, consisting of the following: ... more info

25 Sep 2009: MASSHOUSING OFFERS TO PURCHASE FOR CASH CERTAIN OF ITS OUTSTANDING BONDS
Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency , announced today that it is offering to purchase for cash certain of its outstanding Single Family Housing Revenue Bonds and Housing Bonds upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in MassHousing's Invitation to Bondholders dated September 25, 2009 . ... more info

25 Sep 2009: CORRECTION - FITCH RATES SARASOTA COUNTY PUBLIC HOSP DIST'S (FL) $79.5MM RFDG REVS 2009B 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK---- Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $79,525,000 Sarasota County Public Hospital District's , variable-rate hospital revenue refunding bonds , series 2009B. ... more info

25 Sep 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: INVESTORS ARE SKITTISH OVER SLOWING HOME SALES
Stocks fell after a report that sales of existing homes dropped 2.7 percent. The figures disappointed investors, who had expected another month of gains. ... more info

24 Sep 2009: NAFTOGAZ'S OFFER TO BONDHOLDERS
Ukrainian state-run energy firm Naftogaz said it would offer holders of a $500 million Eurobond maturing next week new sovereign-backed bonds. ... more info

25 Sep 2009: SEIZED TREASURYS ARE FAKES
Billions of dollars of U.S. government bonds seized by tax police are fakes, Italian police said. ... more info

24 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOL AUTHORITY'S $283MM 2009C SCHOOL FINANCING BONDS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to $283.4 million Virginia Public School Authority school financing bonds , refunding series 2009C, expected to sell via negotiation during the week of Sept. 28, 2009. ... more info

24 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA'S $253MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AAA' ratings to the Commonwealth of Virginia's general obligation bonds as follows: ... more info

24 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES NORTH CAROLINA GO AND GO BANK BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to $400 million State of North Carolina's general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are expected to be sold via competition on Oct. 6. ... more info

24 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS TURLOCK PUBLIC FINANCING AUTH, CA'S $3.9MM TAX ALLOCATION REVS AT 'BBB+'
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms Turlock Public Financing Authority's $3,900,000 outstanding series 1999 tax allocation revenue bonds at 'BBB+'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

24 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES HELIX WATER DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA'S $23MM WTR REV RFDG BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Helix Water District, California's $22.9 million water revenue refunding bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA' rating on $22.3 million of the district's outstanding installment purchase certificates of participation . ... more info

24 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT'S GOS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' rating on approximately $9.9 million of Colchester, Connecticut's outstanding general obligation bonds, consisting of the following issues: ... more info

24 Sep 2009: GOING LONG
Loose monetary policy and a steep yield curve have caused a flowering in sales of long-dated corporate bonds as the European market grows ever deeper. ... more info

24 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS SOUTHLAKE PARKS DEVELOPMENT CORP. (TX) REVS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A+' rating on $3,925,000 of outstanding sales tax subordinate lien revenue bonds, series 2006 issued by the Southlake Parks Development Corporation, Texas . ... more info

24 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS BANNING COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY (CA) REVS (GNMA) SERIES 1987-A
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' rating and assigns a Stable Outlook to the Community Redevelopment Agency City of Banning 1987-A single family mortgage revenue refunding bonds. ... more info

24 Sep 2009: LUXEMBOURG EXCHANGE HALTS NAFTOGAZ BOND TRADE
The Luxembourg stock exchange suspended trade in the bonds of Ukraine's troubled natural gas company Naftogaz on Thursday amid concerns it might default on Eurobonds maturing next week. ... more info

23 Sep 2009: FITCH TO UPGRADE WI HEALTH & ED FACIL AUTH (AURORA HEALTH CARE) VRBS SER 2006A,B&C TO 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will upgrade the long-term and short-term ratings assigned to the $150,000,000 Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority variable rate revenue bonds to 'AA-/F1+'from 'BBB+/F2' to, consisting of: ... more info

23 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, SOLID WASTE SYS REVS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying 'A' rating on Miami-Dade County, Florida's approximately $191.3 million outstanding solid waste system revenue bonds and revenue refunding bonds. ... more info

23 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, COLORADO'S $232MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to approximately $232 million City and County of Denver, Colorado's series 2009A and series 2009B airport system revenue bonds for the Denver International Airport . ... more info

23 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY'S (MARYLAND) $63MM GOS 'AA+'; REVISES OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Prince George's County's $63,300,000 general obligation bonds, consisting of $26.5 million consolidated public improvement tax-exempt bonds, series 2009A, and $36.9 million consolidated public improvement or , series 2009B. ... more info

23 Sep 2009: U.S. ISSUES $7 TRILLION DEBT, SUPPLY TO STABILIZE
The U.S. government will have issued $7 trillion in bonds by the time the current fiscal year ends next week, but it expects the debt deluge to stabilize by mid 2010, a Treasury official said on Wednesday. ... more info

23 Sep 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (9/23/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the downgrade of the long- and short-term Issuer Default Ratings of M&I Ilsley Marshall Bank, Fitch has downgraded the long- and short-term ratings of municipal bonds with enhancement provided by M&I Ilsley Marshall Bank. ... more info

23 Sep 2009: FED STATEMENT LIFTS TREASURYS
U.S. government bonds reacted with enthusiasm to the Fed's plan to extend its mortgage bond purchase program. ... more info

23 Sep 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT'S GO BOND RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the 'A' rating with a Negative Rating Outlook assigned to approximately $248.6 million of Hartford, Connecticut's outstanding general obligation bonds, consisting of the following issues: ... more info

23 Sep 2009: JEFFERIES GROUP, INC. SELLS AN ADDITIONAL $300 MILLION OF SENIOR DEBT
NEW YORK----Jefferies Group, Inc. today announced the sale of an additional $300 million aggregate principal amount of its 8.50% senior notes due 2019. The senior notes were priced to the public to yield 7.694% to maturity at a spread of 425 basis points over the comparable US Treasury bonds. ... more info

23 Sep 2009: GEELY SURGES ON GOLDMAN DEAL
Shares of Chinese automaker Geely Automobile soared after it confirmed news that a Goldman Sachs-managed private equity fund is paying $245 million for convertible bonds in the company. ... more info

22 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES VIRGINIA COLLEGE BUILDING AUTHORITY'S $138MM REVS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA+' ratings to the Virginia College Building Authority's 21st Century College and Equipment Programs bonds as follows: ... more info

22 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA'S $22.9MM GO RFDG BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the city of Durham, North Carolina's approximately $22,935,000 general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on Sept. 30. ... more info

22 Sep 2009: FITCH REVISES COLORADO ED & CULTURAL FACILITIES AUTH CHARTER SCHOOL REVS TO 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has revised the rating on the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority's approximately $7.9 million charter school revenue bonds, series 2009 to 'A' from 'BBB+', reflecting the charter school's participation in the state Charter School Moral Obligation Program. ... more info

22 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS OHIO'S ADJUSTABLE RATE BONDS WITH STATE LIQUIDITY AT 'F1+'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'F1+' rating on the State of Ohio's approximately $689 million adjustable rate general obligation bonds, for which the state provides liquidity upon a failed remarketing. ... more info

22 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES HIDALGO COUNTY, TX $12MM CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'A+' rating to two series of Hidalgo County, Texas' bonds: ... more info

22 Sep 2009: NM CONSIDERS SHORT-TERM BONDS TO CLOSE DEFICIT
Gov. Bill Richardson has turned to "sponge bonds" to help fix New Mexico's budget problems without a tax increase. The governor proposes to issue $135 million in short-term severance tax notes -- called sponge bonds -- to partly offset a budget deficit of more than $400 million. ... more info

22 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DUKE UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM, NORTH CAROLINA REVS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA' rating to the expected issuance of $180 million of revenue bonds issued through the North Carolina Medical Care Commission on behalf of Duke University Health System, Inc. and has affirmed the 'AA' rating on approximately $555.4 million of DUHS' outstanding debt. ... more info

22 Sep 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON VARIOUS OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'A+' long-term underlying rating on the following bonds because they have been prerefunded: ... more info

22 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CALIFORNIA INFRASTRUCTURE & ECONOMIC DEVEL BANK'S CLEAN WATER BONDS, SER 2002 AT 'AAA'
CHICAGO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' rating on the State Water Resources Control Board's $187 million in outstanding California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, clean water state revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2002. ... more info

22 Sep 2009: CME GROUP ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF LONG-TERM U.S. TREASURY BOND FUTURES
CME Group, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the launch of Long-Term U.S. Treasury Bond futures, or "Ultra" Treasury Bonds, beginning in early first quarter 2010. ... more info

22 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES NYS THRUWAY AUTHORITY'S $522MM LOCAL HWY & BRIDGE BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the New York State Thruway Authority's $521,685,000 local highway and bridge service contract bonds, series 2009, scheduled to be sold the week of Sept. 28, 2009 through negotiation. ... more info

22 Sep 2009: MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES SIXTH ANNUAL CHARITY TRADING DAY
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other fixed income securities, today announced that its sixth annual Charity Trading Day will be held on September 24, 2009. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: EUROPEAN FIRMS TURN TO JUNK BONDS
The European junk-bond market is set to take a more central role in the funding of below-investment-grade-rated companies. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA'S STORMWATER REV BONDS AT 'A'
TAMPA, Fla.----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying 'A' rating of Miami-Dade County, Florida's $98 million stormwater utility revenue bonds, series 1999 and series 2004. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: RRI ENERGY ANNOUNCES CASH TENDER OFFER FOR SENIOR SECURED NOTES AND PEDFA BONDS
HOUSTON----RRI Energy, Inc. today announced that it has commenced a cash tender offer to purchase up to $150,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the securities listed below. Subject to applicable law, RRI may increase the Maximum Acceptance Amount in its sole discretion to no more than $250,000,000 aggregate principal amount of securities. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS TUCSON AIRPORT AUTH SR & SUB BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms Tucson Airport Authority, Inc.'s approximately $32.15 million senior lien bonds at 'A' and $69 million subordinate lien bonds at 'A'. The senior lien bonds are secured by net revenues generated at the authority after the payment of operations and maintenance expenses. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER (CA) REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the approximately $535 million Cedars-Sinai Medical Center , series 2009 fixed-rate revenue bonds to be issued through the California Health Facilities Financing Authority. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: HOW THE MELTDOWN IS REWRITING INVESTMENT RULES
Stocks always rise over the long haul. Bonds are for retirees and investors with little taste for risk. Companies rarely cut their dividends. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS OVERLAND PARK DEVELOPMENT CORP (KANSAS) HOTEL BONDS AT 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB' rating on Overland Park Development Corporation, Kansas' approximately $66.8 million second tier refunding revenue bonds series 2007B . ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES ABINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (PA) $160MM SER 2009A/B & UPGRADES OUTSTANDING TO 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the expected issuance of $110 million of Montgomery County Higher Education and Health Authority hospital revenue bonds series 2009A and an underlying rating of 'A' to the $50 million variable-rate demand bonds series 2009B. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS SCOTTSDALE PRESERVE AUTHORITY, AZ BONDS AT 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms the rating on the outstanding $71.2 million excise tax debt of the Scottsdale Preserve Authority , Arizona at 'AA'. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: NEW ORLEANS HOPES TO SELL $40 MILLION IN BONDS
Officials have scaled back plans to sell bonds and raise $80 million for New Orleans infrastructure work amid lingering market concerns and questions about the city's own financial wherewithal. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES NEMOURS FOUNDATION (FLORIDA) TO 'AA+'; RATES 2009A&D REVS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to approximately $328 million of Orange County Health Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2009, to be issued on behalf of The Nemours Foundation and consisting of: ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES WASHINGTON SUBURBAN SANITARY DISTRICT'S (MARYLAND) $180MM GOS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Washington Suburban Sanitary District, Maryland's approximately $90 million consolidated public improvement bonds, series 2009A and $90 million consolidated public improvement bonds, series 2009B. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: STONE & YOUNGBERG OPENS NEW OFFICE IN NEW YORK'S STATE CAPITAL
NEW YORK----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds1, announced today that it has opened its 11th office nationwide, in New York's state capital of Albany. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES PEARLAND, TX GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA-' rating to Pearland , Texas' $12.5 million certificates of obligation , series 2009A and $16.9 million permanent improvement bonds, series 2009, scheduled to sell via negotiation as early as Sept. 24, 2009. ... more info

21 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS FRESNO, CALIFORNIA'S AIRPORT REVS AT 'BBB+'; REVISES OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB+' rating on approximately $60 million in outstanding City of Fresno, California airport revenue bonds and revises the Rating Outlook to Negative from Stable. ... more info

19 Sep 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: STOCKS RENEW THEIR RALLY ON WALL STREET
Many analysts expect the market’s gains will slow but not stop as investors shift their holdings to areas that have lagged. ... more info

18 Sep 2009: CORPORATE-BOND SALES AT 6-MONTH HIGH
Companies sold over $41 billion of bonds in the week, the most in six months, taking advantage of the lowest rates in more than a year. ... more info

18 Sep 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES MILWAUKEE REDEV AUTH, WISCONSIN'S PENSION BONDS TO 'AA-'; ASSIGNS NEGATIVE OUTLOOK
CHICAGO----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings downgrades the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin's approximately $15.7 million pension funding bonds , series 2003C to 'AA-' from 'AA'. ... more info

18 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES SARASOTA CNTY PUBLIC HOSP DISTRICT (FLORIDA) $79.5MM HOSP REV RFDG BNDS 2009B 'AA+/F1+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $79,525,000 Sarasota County Public Hospital District , variable rate hospital revenue refunding bonds , series 2009B. The long-term rating assigned to the bonds is based jointly on the underlying rating assigned to the district's hospital revenue bonds , and the support provided by the irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit , provided by Bank of America, N.A . ... more info

18 Sep 2009: LOUISIANA'S PLAQUEMINES PORT PROJECT MOVES AHEAD
A developer trying to build a port complex in Plaquemines Parish won approval for a third time to use $300 million in hurricane recovery bonds to finance the project, after the last two such allocations went unused. ... more info

18 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS FURMAN UNIVERSITY REV BONDS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the unenhanced 'AA-' rating on the Educational Facilities Authority for Private Nonprofit Institutions of Higher Learning's approximately $105 million of outstanding revenue bonds. ... more info

18 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND'S 2009 SERIES D RFDG REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the approximately $56.6 million of University System of Maryland's auxiliary facility and tuition revenue bonds, 2009 refunding series D. ... more info

18 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES CROWN POINTE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL, CO CHARTER SCHOOL REV BONDS 'BBB+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority approximately $7.9 million charter school revenue bonds, series 2009 , issued on behalf of the Crown Pointe Academy Charter School . ... more info

18 Sep 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS MO-IL METRO DIST BI-STATE DEVEL AGENCY (METROLINK PROJ), SER 2005A AT 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $100,000,000 Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District subordinate mass transit sales tax appropriation bonds , series 2005A . ... more info

18 Sep 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: AFTER AN 11-MONTH HIGH, MARKETS TAKE A BREATHER
After spending the day zigzagging in a tight range, shares on all three markets closed slightly lower after three days of higher closes. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $323MM GO PECO BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the state of Florida's $322,835,000 full faith and credit state board of education public education capital outlay refunding bonds, 2009 series D. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ARIZONA SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT REV BONDS AT 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' rating on the Arizona School Facilities Board's approximately $537 million outstanding state school improvement revenue bonds. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: FORTY PERCENT OF U.S. JUNK BONDS TO DEFAULT BY 2013: BOFA
About 40 percent of all U.S. junk bonds outstanding in late 2008 will likely default by 2013 as government aid measures end and a wall of corporate debt comes due, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Thursday. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES $66.455MM COLORADO SPRINGS, CO VRD UTILITIES SYSTEM RFDG REVS SER 2009C 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $66,455,000 City of Colorado Springs, Colorado , variable-rate demand utilities system refunding revenue bonds, series 2009C. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES BANK BONDS RE: CO SPRINGS UTILITIES 2009C UTILS SYS RFDG REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA' to bank bonds corresponding to the Colorado Springs Utilities series 2009C variable-rate demand utilities system refunding revenue bonds, scheduled to price Sept. 30, 2009. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT'S GOS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A' rating on the city of Hartford, Connecticut's approximately $248.6 million of outstanding general obligation bonds, consisting of the following issues: ... more info

17 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES MARYLAND CDA'S 2009 B HOUSING REVENUE BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the Maryland Community Development Administration's $35 million residential revenue bonds, 2009 series B. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating on CDA's outstanding $2.23 billion in residential revenue bonds. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA'S UTILITY SYSTEM BONDS TO 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings downgrades the rating on Cocoa Beach, Florida's $3.6 million outstanding utility system improvement bonds to 'BBB+' from 'A+'. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTH'S $1.5B 2009 SERIES C POWER BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Tennessee Valley Authority's $1.5 billion power bonds 2009 series C. The bonds have a single maturity date of Sept. 15, 2039. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: LONG-TERM BONDS CLIMB
Treasury prices rose Thursday as investors responded to mixed economic news and stocks wavered near their highest levels of the year. ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES DOLTON, IL GO BONDS TO 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the Village of Dolton, Illinois' $30.49 million general obligation bonds, series 2009A and series 2009B scheduled to price Sept. 17, 2009 via Melvin Securities, L.L.C. ... more info

16 Sep 2009: KODAK BONDS SURGE ON KKR ACCORD
Bonds issued by Kodak surged late Wednesday after the company announced plans to raise up to $700 million and refinance debt. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: LONG-TERM FUNDS EXTEND BUYING STREAK
Long-term mutual funds saw net buying for the 26th consecutive week on a jump in bonds, more than offsetting a recent streak of stock-fund outflows. ... more info

17 Sep 2009: ETF TO FOCUS ON BUILD AMERICA BONDS
Invesco's PowerShares unit plans to launch an exchange-traded fund that will invest mostly in Build America Bonds, taxable debt instruments that are part of the federal stimulus plan. ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES VIRGIN ISLANDS MATCHING FUND BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to approximately $466.8 million in Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority revenue and refunding bonds , consisting of: ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES ORANGE COUNTY HLTH FACILITIES AUTH'S (FL) $19MM SERIES 2007 REVS 'A-/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A-/F1' to the Orange County Health Facilities Authority's $19,185,000 revenue bonds series 2007 . The ratings are based on the support provided by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by SunTrust Bank, N.A. , currently rated 'A-/F1' by Fitch, securing the bonds. ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES KENTUCKY ECON DEV FIN AUTH'S $8.84MM SERIES 2007 REVS 'A-/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A-/F1' to the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority's $8,840,000 revenue bonds series 2007 . The ratings are based on the support provided by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by SunTrust Bank, N.A. , currently rated 'A-/F1' by Fitch, securing the bonds. ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES TARRANT COUNTY'S (TX) $9.6MM SERIES 2007 REVS 'A-/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A-/F1' to the Tarrant County Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corporation $9,610,000 revenue bonds series 2007 . The ratings are based on the support provided by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by SunTrust Bank, N.A. , currently rated 'A-/F1' by Fitch, securing the bonds. ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES EL PASO, TEXAS DRAINAGE REV BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA' rating to the City of El Paso, Texas' municipal drainage utility system revenue bonds, taxable series 2009, direct subsidy Build America Bonds . ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FED POLICY MAKERS DIVIDING ON HIKING RATES: MEDLEY
Influential hedge fund adviser Medley Global Advisors issued a report on Wednesday saying there is a growing divide among Federal Reserve policy makers on how quickly they should begin raising interest rates, causing U.S. government bonds to briefly sell off. ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATINGS ON VARIOUS TRIBOROUGH BRIDGE & TUNNEL AUTHORITY (NEW YORK) BONDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its long-term ratings for certain maturities on the following Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority , NY bonds: ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DIAKON LUTHERAN'S (PENNSYLVANIA) BONDS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms the Cumberland County Municipal Authority's fixed rate bonds issued on behalf of Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries as follows: ... more info

16 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES ALISAL WATER CORPORATION 2009 SENIOR SECURED DEBT 'BB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BB+' to Alisal Water Corporation $3.3 million of 2009 senior secured parity taxable bonds. The 2009 bonds are scheduled to be privately placed within the next couple of months. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES $205MM PEACEHEALTH (WASHINGTON) REV BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA' rating to PeaceHealth's expected issuance of $100 million of series 2009 revenue bonds through the Washington Health Care Facilities Authority and $105.2 million series 2009 revenue bonds through the Oregon Facilities Authority. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BONDS AWARDED TO 58 TRIBES
Nearly five dozen of the nation's American Indian tribes will share $1 billion in bond authority through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CALCASIEU PARISH WATERWORKS DISTRICT NO. 1, LA REVS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'BBB+' rating on Waterworks District No. 1 of Ward 1 of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana's $1.2 million of outstanding water revenue refunding bonds, 2002 series A and B. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES BAYHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER, DE'S $120MM SERIES 2009A BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the expected issuance of $120 million Delaware Health Facilities Authority revenue bonds , series 2009A. Fitch has also affirmed the underlying 'AA-' rating on Bayhealth's outstanding debt as listed at the end of this release. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES ARLINGTON, TEXAS, SERIES 2009 GOS & COS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the Arlington, Texas bonds, as follows: ... more info

15 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES ILLINOIS' $400MM GOS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating on $400 million State of Illinois general obligation bonds, series A of September 2009. The bonds are expected to sell via competitive bid on Sept. 16, 2009 and are subject to early redemption beginning Sept. 1, 2019. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES $80MM VIA CHRISTI HEALTH SYSTEM, KS HOSP FACIL VRBS, SER 2009 III-B-1, B-2 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to the $80,000,000 City of Wichita, Kansas, hospital facilities variable-rate revenue bonds , consisting of $40,000,000 series III-B-1, 2009, and $40,000,000 series III-B-2, 2009. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: : NERVOUS FUND INVESTORS STILL PILING INTO BONDS
Mutual-fund investors still smarting from the beating they took in stocks last year are continuing to pile into the relative safety of bond funds, causing many to miss out on the market's roughly 50% bounce from the March low. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: : NERVOUS FUND INVESTORS STILL PILING INTO BONDS
Mutual-fund investors still smarting from the beating they took in stocks last year are continuing to pile into the relative safety of bond funds, causing many to miss out on the market's roughly 50% bounce from the March low. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: BOOST YOUR FIXED-INCOME LADDER WITH MUNIS
Muni bonds can be complicated investments, so plan to spend time researching before you buy. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: MEXICO SELLS $2.4 BILLION IN BONDS TO HELP STATES
Mexico sold 32 billion pesos in bonds to compensate state governments for a drop in federal funding as a result of an economic crisis, the finance secretary said Monday. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: BOOST YOUR FIXED-INCOME LADDER WITH MUNIS
Muni bonds can be complicated investments, so plan to spend time researching before you buy. ... more info

15 Sep 2009: MEXICO SELLS $2.4 BILLION IN BONDS TO HELP STATES
Mexico sold 32 billion pesos in bonds to compensate state governments for a drop in federal funding as a result of an economic crisis, the finance secretary said Monday. ... more info

14 Sep 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES CITY OF SAN JOSE, CA'S $1B OUTSTANDING AIRPORT REVS TO 'A-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades to 'A-' from 'A+' the City of San Jose, California's approximately $1.04 billion of outstanding airport revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook on the bonds remains Negative. ... more info

14 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES $172M SUSQUEHANNA HEALTH SYSTEM (PA) SERIES 2009 BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'A-' rating to the expected issuance of $172 million of Lycoming County Authority Health System Revenue Bonds, series 2009A . The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

14 Sep 2009: OREGON DISTRICTS SLOW TO ASK FOR NO-INTEREST BONDS
Oregon school districts have been slow to apply for some $113 million in no-interest bonds that are available thanks to the federal stimulus package. ... more info

14 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES METRO SEWERAGE DIST'S (NORTH CAROLINA) $32MM SEWERAGE SYSTEM REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying rating of 'AA' to the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County, North Carolina's $18.5 million sewerage system revenue bonds, series 2009A and $13.55.4 million sewerage system revenue refunding bonds, series 2009B. ... more info

14 Sep 2009: FITCH TO CONFIRM $170MM KANSAS DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION, SERIES 2002B VRDBS AT 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective Sept. 15, 2009, Fitch Ratings will confirm the 'AA/F1+'rating currently assigned to the $170,005,000 State of Kansas Department of Transportation adjustable tender highway revenue refunding bonds consisting of: $50,000,000 series 2002B-1; $50,000,000 series 2002B-2 and $70,005,000 series 2002B-3 . ... more info

14 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES FLORIDA HOUSING FINANCE CORP.'S $100MM MTGE REV BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Florida Housing Finance Corporation's $100 million homeowner mortgage revenue bonds, 2009 series 2. The bonds are expected to be sold through negotiation this week and are expected to close on or about Oct. 1, 2009. ... more info

14 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES OHIO GO REFUNDING BONDS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to approximately $252.27 million State of Ohio general obligation refunding bonds, consisting of: ... more info

14 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES METRO WATER DIST OF SALT LAKE & SANDY, UTAH'S $63.4MM WATER REV & RFDG BONDS 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy's, Utah $63.4 million water revenue and refunding bonds series 2009A. ... more info

14 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES COUNTY OF NEMAHA'S (KS) (MIDWEST AG SERVICE) $3.6MM SER 2000 VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $3,600,000 County of Nemaha, Kansas industrial development revenue bonds , series 2000. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by CoBank, ACB. ... more info

14 Sep 2009: FITCH UPGRADES OHIO WATER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY'S COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the Ohio Water Development Authority's $24,550,000 water development refunding revenue bonds, community assistance series 2009. The series 2009 bonds are scheduled to price on Sept. 17, 2009 via negotiation. ... more info

14 Sep 2009: IMPORTANT NEWS FOR BTA (BANK TURANALEM) BONDHOLDERS FROM KYRGYZ SUPREME COURT
The Supreme Court of Kyrgyz Republic has held that it is the Kazakh bank and not "Turanalem Finance BV" which shall pay the bondholders for the purchase of the now defaulting bonds of Kazakh BTA Bank. ... more info

12 Sep 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: GOLD REACHES NEW HIGHS AS SHARES END DAY LOWER
After five days of steady gains in stock markets, investors cashed in some of their profits on Friday, pushing prices slightly lower. ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES BOERNE, TEXAS' $10MM GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Boerne, Texas' $10,000,000 general obligation bonds, series 2009. Fitch also affirms the 'A+' rating on the city's outstanding tax-supported debt, consisting of $14.1 million in GO bonds and $5.1 million in tax notes. ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES RIVERSIDE CTY TRANS COMM (CA) SALES TAX REVS 2009 SERIES 'AA/F1+'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the Riverside County Transportation Commission , CA's $185,000,000 sales tax revenue bonds 2009 series consisting of: ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY PORT AUTHORITY'S $300MM CONSOLIDATED BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' underlying rating to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's $300 million of consolidated bonds, series 160. The bonds are expected to price competitively on or around Sept. 16, 2009 and have a final maturity of 2039. ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES NATOMAS USD, CALIFORNIA'S GOS TO 'BBB'; WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades Natomas Unified School District , California's $64.6 million of outstanding general obligation bonds to 'BBB' from 'A-' and places the bonds on Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES FORREST COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL (MISSISSIPPI) SERIES 2009 RFDG BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the expected issuance of $44,990,000 Mississippi Hospital Equipment and Facilities Authority's series 2009 refunding bonds issued for the benefit of Forrest County General Hospital . ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS & WITHDRAWS BALTIMORE, MARYLAND WATER/WASTEWATER SYSTEM RATINGS
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings affirms and simultaneously withdraws the following underlying ratings on the City of Baltimore, Maryland bonds due to lack of ongoing disclosure to Fitch: ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION: FITCH RATES GREENFIELD USD (MONTEREY COUNTY) (CA) GO BONDS
SAN FRANCISCO----An error was found in the underlying rating on the Fitch Ratings web site for the bonds listed below: ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES SALT LAKE COUNTY, UTAH'S $30MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Salt Lake County's $30 million general obligation bonds, series 2009A and 2009B. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AAA' rating on the county's $229.8 million in outstanding general obligation bonds. ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES LI JEWISH OBLIG GROUP REVS SERIES 2009B&C 'AA-/F1+'; 2009D 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System's revenue bonds: ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES OSCEOLA COUNTY, FL'S CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Osceola County, Florida's approximately $143.9 million in capital improvement bonds, series 2009A and series 2009B. At the time of issuance, the county will decide whether to issue tax-exempt series 2009A, direct subsidy Build America Bonds series 2009B, or a combination of both. ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES TRUMBULL, CONNECTICUT'S $26MM 2009 GO REFUNDING BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the town of Trumbull, Connecticut's $26.3 million of general obligation refunding bonds, issue of 2009. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on Sept. 17, 2009, with proceeds refunding the town's outstanding 2002A and 2003 bonds for an estimated net present value savings of 4.0% of the refunded par. ... more info

11 Sep 2009: FITCH AFFS ALBANY WATER, GAS AND LIGHT COMMISSION'S (GA) WATER REVS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of its ongoing surveillance efforts, Fitch Ratings affirms its rating on Albany Water, Gas and Light Commission's approximately $16.6 million outstanding water revenue bonds at 'A-'. ... more info

11 Sep 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: U.S. STOCKS RISE AFTER JOBS REPORT
Investors reacted to a government report showing a drop in jobless claims and an optimistic forecast from Procter & Gamble. ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES VICTORIA, TEXAS' COS 'AA-'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING GOS, COS & SALES TAX REVS
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA-' rating to the City of Victoria, Texas' $26.5 million certificates of obligation , series 2009. At this time Fitch also affirms the 'AA-' rating on the following bonds: ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES WISCONSIN'S $165MM TRANSPORTATION REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $165 million State of Wisconsin transportation revenue bonds, consisting of: ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES ALASKA MUNICIPAL BOND BANK GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $13 million in Alaska Municipal Bond Bank general obligation bonds, expected to consist of tax-exempt and taxable series as follows: ... more info

10 Sep 2009: AMERICAN WATER WORKS COMPLETES BOND OFFER
American Water Works Company Inc. said Thursday that it completed an offering of $26 million in bonds in an effort to cover costs related the construction of a water treatment facility in Kentucky. ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES EL PASO COUNTY HOSP DIST, TX'S $25MM GO RFDG 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-' to El Paso County Hospital District , TX's $24.8 million refunding bonds, series 2009, scheduled to sell via negotiation during the week of Sept. 14, 2009. ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES JACKSONVILLE, FL'S EXCISE TAX BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to three series of Jacksonville, Florida bonds: ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA'S SPECIAL REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Jacksonville, Florida's approximately $110 million in special revenue bonds, series 2009B. Proceeds will finance various Better Jacksonville Plan transportation capital needs. ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES DORMITORY AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK'S $555MM SERVICE CONTRACT BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to approximately $555.465 million Dormitory Authority of the State of New York state of New York consolidated service contract refunding revenue bonds, series 2009, consisting of $545.815 million series 2009A and $9.65 million series 2009B . ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON IDAHO HOUSING'S 1996D-2000E SINGLE INDENTURES
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings upgrades and affirms various Idaho Housing and Finance Association's series 1996D-2000E single-indenture senior, mezzanine, and subordinate bonds. Each series is separately secured. ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH RTES GREATER ORLANDO AVIATION AUTH, FL'S $64MM SPECIAL FACILITY REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority , Florida's approximately $64 million special purpose facility taxable revenue bonds, series 2009 . ... more info

10 Sep 2009: FITCH RATES PALMETTO HEALTH (SOUTH CAROLINA) $128MM 2009 BONDS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to the approximately $128 million series 2009 South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority's hospital refunding and improvement revenue bonds issued on behalf of Palmetto Health . ... more info

10 Sep 2009: JOHN HANCOCK FINANCIAL EXPANDS INVESTMENT IN 'BUILD AMERICA BONDS' PROGRAM
John Hancock Financial Services has expanded its participation in the Build America Bonds program, recently completing another nine transactions that will help state and local entities across the United States rebuild their infrastructure as well as further strengthening the economic recovery of the nation as a whole. ... more info

10 Sep 2009: TREASURYS RISE ON RECOVERY DOUBTS
Treasury prices remained higher as investors who questioned the pace of an economic recovery sought comfort in low-risk government bonds. ... more info

10 Sep 2009: LONG-TERM BONDS JUMP AHEAD OF AUCTION
Read full story for latest details. ... more info

26 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

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10 Sep 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: AFTER FED REPORT, SHARES EXTEND RALLY TO 4 DAYS
Stocks pulled back from their highs of the day but still added to the week’s gains after the Federal Reserve said the economy was stabilizing. ... more info

26 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

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10 Sep 2009: MUTUAL FUNDS SEE INFLOW STREAK CONTINUE
Long-term mutual funds saw net inflows for the 25th week in a row on higher bonds, helping offset a recent streak of stock-fund outflows. ... more info

26 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

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9 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES SEACOAST UTILITY AUTHORITY, FLORIDA'S $78MM UTIL SYS REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Seacoast Utility Authority, Florida's water and sewer utility system revenue bonds, consisting of: ... more info

9 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS SEBASTIAN, FLORIDA'S INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX REVS AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms Sebastian, Florida's approximately $7.7 million in outstanding infrastructure sales tax revenue bonds at 'A+'. ... more info

9 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS & WITHDRAWS NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC'S 'AA' IMPLIED GO RATING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the implied underlying 'AA' rating of New Hanover County, North Carolina's general obligation bonds and simultaneously withdraws it. ... more info

9 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI ED BUILDING CORP. REV BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the University of Mississippi Educational Building Corporation's approximately $15.2 million of revenue bonds, series 2009C-1 and Build America Bonds, series 2009C-2 . ... more info

9 Sep 2009 : CREDIT AND BONDS: LIBOR LENDING RATE FALLS TO RECORD LOW
A key bank-to-bank lending rate fell to its lowest point on record Wednesday, signaling continued easing of the once-frozen credit markets. ... more info

9 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES IOWA FINANCE AUTH'S (INTERWEST, L.C. PROJECT) $5MM SERIES 2001 VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the Iowa Finance Authority's $5,000,000 variable rate demand industrial development revenue bonds , series 2001. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by CoBank, ACB. ... more info

26 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

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9 Sep 2009 : MARKETAXESS AUG. TRADING VOLUME RISES 71 PERCENT
MarketAxess Holdings Inc., which operates an electric trading platform for corporate bonds, said Tuesday its trading volume jumped 71 percent in August as markets regained some stability over the last year. ... more info

9 Sep 2009 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR AUGUST 2009
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for August 2009 of $24.3 billion, consisting of $15.4 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $3.9 billion in eurobond volume, and $5.0 billion in other volume. ... more info

9 Sep 2009: COMMERZBANK CEO SIGNALS STRENGTH
Commerzbank's CEO said that the bank doesn't plan to issue more state-backed bonds and so won't need to tap additional government guarantees. ... more info

9 Sep 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: DOLLAR DECLINES AS COMMODITIES SURGE
Investors bet that a rebounding global economy will result in higher prices for commodities like precious metals and crude oil. ... more info

8 Sep 2009: HUTCHISON'S BOND SALE NOW AT $3 BILLION
Hutchison Whampoa is selling six-year and 10-year U.S. dollar bonds to raise $3 billion, a deal that grew from the $2 billion planned initially. ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : IND. JUDGE WON'T LOWER BOND IN CHURCH FRAUD TRIALS
An Indiana judge on Tuesday declined to reduce the $1.5 million cash bonds for a former pastor and his sons charged with bilking church members nationwide out of millions of dollars. ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS NORTH OGDEN CITY, UTAH'S SALES TAX REV BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on approximately $3.4 million of outstanding North Ogden City , Weber County, Utah, sales tax revenue bonds, series 2004. ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES FINANCE AUTHORITY OF MAINE APPROXIMATELY $15MM WASTE MOTOR OIL REVS 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to the Finance Authority of Maine approximately $15 million waste motor oil revenue bonds series 2009A. The bonds are expected to sell through negotiation the week of Sept. 21, 2009 and are structured with three term bonds maturing Oct. 1, 2014, 2019, and 2029 with annual mandatory sinking fund payments. ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS BURBANK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, CA'S GOS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' rating on Burbank Unified School District, California's $78.4 million of outstanding general obligation unlimited tax bonds, series A, B, and C . ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES ADVENTIST HEALTH SYSTEM SUNBELT'S (FL) SERIES 2009D REV BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to approximately $100 million Kansas Development Finance Authority fixed-rate revenue bonds, series 2009D, issued on behalf of Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Obligated Group . ... more info

8 Sep 2009: CHINA TO SELL YUAN BONDS IN HONG KONG
China plans the first offering of yuan sovereign debt outside mainland China in its latest move to internationalize its currency. ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION: FITCH RATES GREENFIELD UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT (MONTEREY COUNTY, CA) GO BONDS
NEW YORK----An error was found in the underlying rating on the Fitch Ratings' web site for the bonds listed below: ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : NV ENERGY COMMENCES TENDER OFFERS FOR AUCTION RATE BONDS
LAS VEGAS----Nevada Power Company d/b/a NV Energy and Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy, two wholly-owned subsidiaries of NV Energy, Inc. , announced today that each has commenced a tender offer for the entire principal amount outstanding of certain series of auction rate bonds as further described herein. ... more info

8 Sep 2009: CHINA TO ISSUE YUAN-DENOMINATED BONDS IN HONG KONG
The issue, the equivalent of $879 million, is a major step by Beijing to internationalize its currency at a time of concern about the dollar. ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN'S GO BONDS AND NOTES TO 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the following Dane County, Wisconsin's obligations: ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : CORPORATE BONDS MADE EASY
Investment-grade corporate bonds can boost your fixed-income yield, but they add risk too. ... more info

8 Sep 2009 : BEIJING TO SELL FIRST YUAN BONDS IN HONG KONG
Beijing will sell some $876 million of government bonds denominated in the mainland's yuan for the first time in Hong Kong this month, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday, in a move to expand the international use of its tightly controlled currency. ... more info

8 Sep 2009: EATON PLANS FUND FOR BUILD AMERICA
Eaton Vance plans to launch a mutual fund that will invest mostly in Build America Bonds, taxable debt instruments that are part of the federal stimulus plan. ... more info

6 Sep 2009: BACK TO BUSINESS: WALL STREET PURSUES PROFIT IN BUNDLES OF LIFE INSURANCE
Wall Street bankers plan to buy life insurance policies that ill and elderly people sell for cash and package hundreds or thousands of them together into bonds. ... more info

5 Sep 2009: NEW EXOTIC INVESTMENTS EMERGING ON WALL STREET
Wall Street bankers plan to buy life insurance policies that ill and elderly people sell for cash and package hundreds or thousands of them together into bonds. ... more info

5 Sep 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: WALL STREET PUSHES HIGHER TO CLOSE WEEK
In a day of light, pre-holiday trading, investors clawed back some of their losses from earlier in the week, with industrial companies leading the gains. ... more info

4 Sep 2009: EC BLOCKS RBS ON BONDS
The U.K.'s block of Royal Bank of Scotland from repaying four subordinated bonds is a worry for bond investors who thought they would avoid bearing their share of the risks. But the FSA may have done RBS shareholders a favor. ... more info

4 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES FORT WORTH, TEXAS DRAINAGE REV BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA' rating to the City of Fort Worth, Texas' drainage utility system revenue bonds, series 2009. Payable and secured by a gross revenue pledge of the drainage system revenues, the bonds will be sold via competitive bid on September 22, 2009. ... more info

4 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES HARLANDALE ISD, TEXAS' ULT BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'A' rating to Harlandale Independent School District, Texas' $19.6 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2009, scheduled to sell via negotiation on or about Sept. 9, 2009. ... more info

4 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS MISSOURI'S GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AT 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AAA' rating on the State of Missouri's approximately $600 million in outstanding general obligation bonds. Fitch also affirms the rating on lease appropriation bonds of the state, as detailed at the end of this release. ... more info

4 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES PRESBYTERIAN HEALTHCARE SERVICES' (NEW MEXICO) $134MM SER 2009 REVS 'AA-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA-' rating to the upcoming issuance of $134.1 million New Mexico Hospital Equipment Loan Council hospital system revenue bonds, series 2009 . ... more info

4 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $164MM GO PECO BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the state of Florida's $164,215,000 full faith and credit state board of education public education capital outlay refunding bonds, 2009 series C. ... more info

4 Sep 2009 : FITCH PLACES VALLEY HEALTH SYSTEM (CALIFORNIA) BONDS ON WATCH NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'C' from 'CC' the rating on approximately $45.5 million of bonds issued by Valley Health System, California . In addition, Fitch has placed the bonds on Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

4 Sep 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: FINANCIALS RISE, HELPING TO END 4 LOSING DAYS FOR S.&P. 500
Investors find little in a series of economic reports to push the market higher after a four-day slide. ... more info

3 Sep 2009: CHINA TO BUY $50 BILLION OF FIRST I.M.F. BONDS
The purchase could raise Beijing’s standing in the fund and help the government’s quiet campaign to expand the reach of its tightly controlled currency. ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES THREE RIVERS PARK DISTRICT, MN'S GO BONDS AND NOTES 'AAA' ; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Three Rivers Park District, Minnesota's $4,410,000 general obligation bonds, series 2009B and $685,000 GO capital equipment notes, series 2009C. ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE BANK SER 2009A SR LIEN REV RFDG BONDS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to approximately $99.5 million of South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank senior lien revenue refunding bonds, series 2009A. ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS ROCKLIN USD, CFD NO.1 & NO.2, CALIFORNIA SPECIAL TAX BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on the Rocklin Unified School District Community Facilities District No.1 and Community Facilities District No.2 , $102.9 million outstanding special tax revenue bonds. ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : CORRECTION - FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON PONTIAC, MICHIGAN BONDS; WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK---- Fitch Ratings has taken the following actions on securities issued by the Pontiac, MI General Building Authority and its related Tax Increment Finance Authority : ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFS SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DIST'S (CA) GOS AT 'AAA'; SALES TAX REVS AT 'AA'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AAA' rating on the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District , CA's $467 million general obligation bonds and the 'AA' rating on its $708 million in outstanding sales tax revenue bonds. ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATINGS TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON 233 U.S. CMBS BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has revised Recovery Ratings for 153 U.S. CMBS bonds. The RR revisions are the result of Fitch's updated methodology for RRs. . RRs provide a forward looking estimate of recoveries for distressed and defaulted securities. ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES DEUTSCHE BANK CUSTODIAL RECEIPTS AND UPGRADES SPEARS/LIFERS SERIES DBE-442
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-', with a Negative Outlook, to the Deutsche Bank Custodial Receipts, Series DBE-442, relating to Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority McCormick Place Expansion Project Bonds, series 2002A capital appreciation bonds . ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES VIA CHRISTI HEALTH SYSTEM, KANSAS' $155MM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the approximately $155 million 2009 series A and series B City of Wichita, Kansas hospital facilities refunding and improvement revenue bonds issued on behalf of Via Christi Health System, Inc. . ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : CHINA TO BUY $50 BILLION OF FIRST IMF BONDS
China is buying the equivalent of $50 billion of the International Monetary Fund's first bond sale in a move that might boost Beijing's standing in the Fund and help its quiet campaign to expand the reach of its tightly controlled currency. ... more info

3 Sep 2009: ASIAN AND EUROPEAN SHARES EDGE HIGHER
The Shanghai composite index rose nearly 5 percent, while the euro gained and the region's government bonds slipped ahead of a European Central Bank monetary policy decision. ... more info

3 Sep 2009: BREAKINGVIEWS.COM: OMINOUS SIGNALS FROM BONDS DATA
Theories about why yields have fallen include concerns about deflation, government debt and lack of confidence in the market. ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : WORLD STOCKS TICK HIGHER; ECB, G20 EYED
World stocks ticked higher on Thursday, bolstered by firmer Chinese shares, while the euro gained and the region's government bonds slipped ahead of a European Central Bank monetary policy decision. ... more info

3 Sep 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: TRADING REMAINS SUBDUED ON ANXIETY OVER JOBS DATA
The stock market extended its slide as investors worried that a weak job market would trip up an economic recovery. ... more info

3 Sep 2009 : JAPAN STOCKS DIP, BONDS UP ON U.S. JOB UNCERTAINTY
Japan's stocks slipped and the yen hit a seven-week high on Thursday on unease that Friday's U.S. employment picture may reflect a slower recovery than investors have priced into markets, raising uncertainty about riskier assets. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES CHICAGO BOARD OF EDUCATION, ILLINOIS' $547MM UTGOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the Chicago Board of Education, Illinois' $501,915,000 unlimited tax general obligation bonds , series 2009E and $45,420,000 tax exempt UTGO bonds , series 2009F. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $335MM TRANSIT REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to Miami-Dade County, Florida's approximately $74 million transit system sales surtax revenue bonds, series 2009A and $256 million transit system sales surtax revenue bonds, series 2009B. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK'S 2009 SERIES B GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Suffolk County, New York's $64.1 million public improvement serial bonds , 2009 series B. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on Sept. 10, 2009 and will be used to finance the acquisition of a court complex. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES ADVENTIST HEALTH'S (CA) SER 2009A REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the approximately $67.6 million Hospital Facilities Authority of Multnomah County, Oregon revenue bonds series 2009A. In addition, Fitch has affirmed the underlying 'A' rating on approximately $824 million in outstanding revenue bonds issued on behalf of Adventist Health System/West . ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : ALCATEL-LUCENT : REPURCHASE OF 11.97% OF THE 2011 OCEANES
Concurrently with the offering of bonds convertible into and/or exchangeable for new or existing shares of Alcatel-Lucent on September 2, 2009, Alcatel-Lucent announced its intention to repurchase 2011 OCEANEs, up to a maximum amount of EUR204.5 millions, being 20 % of 2011 OCEANEs initially issued and currently outstanding, depending on indications of interest in selling received as part of a reverse bookbuilding process exclusively for persons or entities outside the United States of America. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : ISSUANCE BY ALCATEL-LUCENT OF BONDS CONVERTIBLE INTO AND/OR EXCHANGEABLE FOR NEW OR EXISTING SHARES (OCEANES) IN THE AMOUNT OF APPROXIMATELY EUR870 MILLION WHICH MAY BE INCREASED TO UP TO A MAXIMUM OF EUR1,000 MILLION
Alcatel-Lucent launched today an offering of bonds convertible into and/or exchangeable for new or existing shares of Alcatel-Lucent due January 1, 2015 for an initial nominal amount of approximately EUR870 million, with a nominal value per Bond of EUR3.23, representing an issue premium of 35% over Alcatel-Lucent's reference share price[1] on Euronext Paris. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS PROGRESO ISD, TEXAS' ULT BONDS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'BBB+' rating on Progreso Independent School District, Texas' approximately $24.8 million in unlimited tax school building bonds. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : CYPRUS TO ISSUE EURO3 BLN BONDS TO DOMESTIC BANKS
Cyprus plans to issue euro3 billion worth of three-year bonds to domestic banks by the end of the year to boost liquidity and reduce lending rates, the island's finance minister said Wednesday. ... more info

2 Sep 2009: INVESTORS TURN TO CYCLICAL BONDS
As European economists debate the timing and sustainability of economic recovery, corporate-bond investors are voting with their cash and buying into so-called cyclical bonds. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : INDUSTRY GROUP PROPOSES REPLACING FANNIE, FREDDIE
A mortgage industry group wants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac replaced with private companies that would be able to issue mortgage bonds formally backed by the federal government. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : LAS VEGAS SANDS PLANS EXCHANGEABLE BONDS SALE
Las Vegas Sands Corp. said Wednesday that it plans to raise up to $600 million in proceeds from an exchangeable bonds sale, as the casino operator looks to boost its liquidity. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : INCREASE OF THE AMOUNT OF THE ISSUANCE BY ALCATEL-LUCENT OF BONDS CONVERTIBLE INTO AND/OR EXCHANGEABLE FOR NEW OR EXISTING SHARES (OCEANE)
Alcatel-Lucent launched today an offering of bonds convertible into and/or exchangeable for new or existing shares of Alcatel-Lucent due January 1, 2015. Alcatel-Lucent has decided to increase the initial nominal amount up to EUR870 million, which may be increased by 14.9 % to EUR1 000 million in the event that the over-allotment option granted to the Joint Lead-Managers and Joint Bookrunners of the offering is exercised in full at the latest on September 8, 2009. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : CASH SAVINGS BONDS CAREFULLY
The best time to cash in savings bonds depends on an investor's life circumstances. ... more info

2 Sep 2009: MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING: EASE UP ON STOCKS IF THE ECONOMY STAYS WEAK
After last year’s stock-market crash, and ahead of a potentially weak economic recovery, some investment professionals argue that bonds and alternative asset classes such as commodities deserve more weight in a portfolio. ... more info

2 Sep 2009 : ALCATEL-LUCENT LAUNCHES AN OFFERING OF BONDS CONVERTIBLE INTO AND/OR EXCHANGEABLE FOR NEW OR EXISTING SHARES (OCEANE) IN AN AMOUNT OF EUR750 MILLION
Alcatel-Lucent launches today an offering of bonds convertible into and/or exchangeable for new or existing shares of Alcatel-Lucent due January 1, 2015 in an initial nominal amount of EUR750 million, which may be increased by 15% to approximately EUR862.5 million in the event that the over-allotment option granted to the Joint Lead-Managers and Joint Bookrunners of the offering is exercised in full at the latest on September 8, 2009. ... more info

1 Sep 2009 : NEW COLO. LAWS FINANCE CLEAN ENERGY, TECH PROJECTS
Several new laws are now in effect in Colorado. They are among a dozen new laws that took effect Tuesday. One new law provides treasury bonds to participating banks and lenders for renewable energy and efficiency projects. ... more info

1 Sep 2009 : FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON PONTIAC, MICHIGAN BONDS; WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken the following rating actions on securities issued by the Pontiac, MI General Building Authority and its related Tax Increment Finance Authority : ... more info

1 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE'S REGISTRATION FEE REV RFDG BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A+' underlying rating on approximately $447.7 million of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission registration fee revenue refunding bonds, series 2005, which are comprised of four subseries; series A of 2005 , series B of 2005 , series C of 2005 and series D of 2005 . ... more info

1 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS GAINESVILLE, FL'S NON-AD VALOREM REV BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms Gainesville, Florida's approximately $129.5 million in non-ad valorem revenue secured bonds including $85.8 million in pension obligation bonds, $24.1 million in OPEB obligation bonds, and $19.6 million in capital improvement bonds at 'A+'. ... more info

1 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES TEXAS PERMANENT UNIVERSITY FUND'S 2009A TAXABLE BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to approximately $250 million of Board of Regents of The University of Texas System's permanent university fund taxable bonds, series 2009. ... more info

1 Sep 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS LAKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, FLORIDA'S COPS AT 'A'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms Lake County School Board's approximately $307.7 million in certificates of participation at 'A'. Concurrently, Fitch affirms the district's approximately $43.8 million in outstanding infrastructure sales tax revenue bonds at 'A'. ... more info

1 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES PENSACOLA, FLORIDA'S CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' to Pensacola, Florida's approximately $44.9 million capital improvement bonds, series 2009A and 2009B. At the time of issuance, the city will decide whether to issue tax-exempt series 2009A or direct subsidy Build America Bonds series 2009B. ... more info

1 Sep 2009 : FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS HFA $35.43MM HOUSING BONDS 2009 C 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency's $35.4 million housing bonds, 2009 series C. Fitch also affirms the 'AA-' rating on the $1.6 billion of housing bonds outstanding under the parity resolution as of June 30, 2008. ... more info

1 Sep 2009: UBS TURNS TO COVERED BONDS
UBS plans to start issuing covered bonds, marking the first time a Swiss bank is using the financial instrument. ... more info

1 Sep 2009: LONG BONDS FALL ON UPBEAT DATA
Read full story for latest details. ... more info

1 Sep 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: LIKE OTHER MARKETS, U.S. FOLLOWS SHANGHAI LOWER
Chinese stocks fell on concern that any slackening in lending there could dampen a pocket of growth amid a struggling world economy. ... more info

31 Aug 2009: TREASURYS RISE AS INVESTORS EYE SAFETY OF BONDS
Treasury prices rose Monday as investors sold off stocks and sought the safety of government debt amid concerns about the timing of an economic recovery. ... more info

31 Aug 2009: U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: FITCH AFFIRMS OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA SEWER REVS AT 'A'
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms its 'A' rating on the City of Oakland, California's outstanding $56.1 million sewer revenue bonds, 2004 series A. ... more info

31 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES MISSOURI HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION $600MM BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $600 million Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission federal reimbursement state road bonds, series A & B 2009. ... more info

31 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES JORDAN VALLEY WATER CONSERVANCY DIST, UTAH'S $27MM WATER REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District's $6.7 million water revenue bonds series 2009A and $20.3 million taxable water revenue bonds series 2009B . ... more info

31 Aug 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS VARIOUS BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS RATINGS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws its 'A+' long-term rating on the following bonds Brownsville : ... more info

31 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES RHODE ISLAND'S $46.6MM WATER POLLUTION CONTROL SRFS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency's $46.6 million water pollution control revolving fund revenue bonds, series 2009 A . ... more info

31 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DUBLIN, OHIO'S GOS AT 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----During the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms Dublin, Ohio's general obligation bonds as follows: ... more info

31 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES TRUMBULL, CONNECTICUT'S 2009 GOS 'AA' & GO BANS 'F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the town of Trumbull, Connecticut's $10 million of general obligation bonds, issue of 2009, and an 'F1+' rating to the town's $6.6 million of GO bond anticipation notes . ... more info

31 Aug 2009: SHORT-TERM BONDS BOUNCE ON STOCK WEAKNESS
Short-term Treasurys enjoyed a small bounce Monday as investors sought shelter from a selloff in stocks. ... more info

31 Aug 2009: BNY MELLON CORPORATE TRUST APPOINTED TRUSTEE AND PAYING AGENT FOR ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AGENCY'S $321 MILLION BOND ISSUE
BNY Mellon Corporate Trust has been appointed trustee and paying agent for the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency's $321 million bond issue which comprises three series of revenue and Build America Bonds. ... more info

31 Aug 2009: SHORT-TERM BONDS BOUNCE ON STOCK WEAKNESS
Short-term Treasurys enjoyed a small bounce Monday as investors sought shelter from a selloff in stocks. ... more info

31 Aug 2009: WHAT'S NEXT? ASK THE BOND MARKET
When it comes time to plot out your investment strategy, you probably focus most of your attention on how equities are doing and pay scant attention to the inner workings of bonds. But ignore the fixed-income market at your peril. ... more info

31 Aug 2009: JAPAN DEMOCRATS' WIN MAY BUOY NIKKEI, DENT JGBS
A historic election win for Japan's opposition Democratic Party on Sunday is likely to buoy Tokyo shares on hopes for less policy deadlock, putting pressure on Japanese government bonds and the yen. ... more info

30 Aug 2009: EUROPEAN STOCKS TO WATCH: BONDS, STOCKS RALLY UNLIKELY TO CONTINUE FOR LONG
European bond markets and European stock markets both rallied in August, but this unusual and contradictory situation might not continue for long, some strategists and managers believe. ... more info

31 Aug 2009: PEAK THEORY IN GOVERNMENT BONDS
Benchmark government-debt yields in the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and Japan may fall during the rest of the year. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES DALLAS-FORT WORTH (TX) AIRPORT REVS, $600MM REV RFDG BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the approximately $600 million joint revenue refunding bonds, series 2009A and series 2009B, issued by the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas for Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport . ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS FRESNO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA'S PENSION OBLIG BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A' rating on Fresno County, California's outstanding taxable pension obligation refunding bonds, series 2004. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DIST NO. RE-2, CO $56MM RFDG GOS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $56.1 million of Boulder Valley School District No. RE-2, Colorado general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009B, scheduled to sell competitively on Sept. 9, 2009. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS UPPER CHESAPEAKE HEALTH SYSTEM'S (MARYLAND) REVS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK TO EVOLVING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms Upper Chesapeake Health System's $124,100,000 series 2008A, B, and C outstanding bonds issued through the Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority at 'BBB+'. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS OAK CREST VILLAGE, INC., MARYLAND BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A-' rating on the approximately $82.5 million Baltimore County, Maryland bonds series 2007A and 2007B. The rating on the 2007B bonds is an underlying rating as the bonds are backed by an irrevocable direct pay letter of credit from Wachovia Bank. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES MARYLAND CDA'S 2009 A HOUSING REVENUE BONDS 'AA'; ASSIGNS STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the Maryland Community Development Administration's $32.7 million residential revenue bonds, 2009 series A. Additionally, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA' rating on the CDA's outstanding $2.23 billion in residential revenue bonds. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT'S $313MM 2009 TAXABLE GO PENSION BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the city of Waterbury, Connecticut's $313 million of taxable general obligation pension bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to price via negotiation on September 2nd, with proceeds funding a portion of the city's accrued pension liability. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES NORTH CAROLINA MUNI POWER AGENCY #1'S SERIES 2009A,B,C,D BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the following series of North Carolina Municipal Power Agency #1 , Catawba electric revenue bonds, which are expected to be priced September 10th: ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES NORTH CAROLINA EASTERN MUNI POWER AGENCY'S 2009B, C & D BONDS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' rating to the following North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency's bonds, which are expected to be priced on Sept. 17, 2009: ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES FARGO, ND (CASS-CLAY CREAMERY) $3MM SERIES 2002 VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $3,000,000 City of Fargo, North Dakota industrial development revenue bonds , series 2002. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by CoBank, ACB. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: CREDIT MARKETS: JUNK BONDS FACE QUIETER RIDE AFTER 40% SURGE
After surging 40% this year, investors think junk bonds' advance should continue - but at a slower pace. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES INLAND EMPIRE TOBACCO SECURITIZATION CORPORATION SERIES 2007 BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades and assigns Negative Rating Outlooks to Inland Empire Tobacco Securitization Corporation's series 2007 tobacco settlement asset-backed securities bonds as specified in the rating list at the end of this press release. ... more info

28 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DECATUR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (ILLINOIS) BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A+' rating on the $42.5 million Illinois Health Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 1996B and series 2001, issued on behalf of Decatur Memorial Hospital . ... more info

28 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES WANDER THROUGH DAY BUT CLOSE HIGHER
Trading has been erratic over the last week, even amid data showing improvements in housing and consumer confidence. ... more info

27 Aug 2009: BOND DEALS LOOK TO PICK UP
Highly rated companies should sell a healthy amount of bonds in September. ... more info

27 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA REDEVELOPMENT AUTH (WATERFRONT PROJECT) AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A-' rating on approximately $15.5 million of Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority, Pennsylvania's tax increment financing bonds , series A and B of 2007 and series A, B, and C of 2000 . ... more info

27 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES KANSAS CITY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTH (MO) BONDS SERIES 2005A
NEW YORK----Effective June 6, 2007, the following Kansas City Industrial Development Authority, MO, bonds were remarketed: ... more info

27 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA DEVELOPMENT FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $24MM LEASE REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to $24 million Oklahoma Development Finance Authority state system of higher education master real property lease revenue bonds series 2009C. ... more info

27 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES $18MM VERMONT EDA (AGRI-MARK, INC.) SER 1999A&B VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the Vermont Economic Development Authority variable rate demand industrial development revenue bonds , consisting of $17,000,000 series 1999A bonds and $1,000,000 1999B bonds. ... more info

27 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS LAKE HOSPITAL SYSTEM (OHIO) OUTSTANDING DEBT AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A-' rating on the County of Lake, Ohio hospital facilities refunding revenue bonds series 2008C . In addition, Fitch affirms the 'A-' underlying rating on Lake Hospital System's series 2008A&B and series 2002 variable rate demand revenue bonds issued by the County of Lake. ... more info

27 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CICERO, NEW YORK'S $2.6MM GO BONDS 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirm its 'BBB' rating on the Town of Cicero, New York's $2.6 million public improvement bonds, 2006 . The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

27 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES HINSDALE, ILLINOIS'S GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the Village of Hinsdale, Illinois's approximately $2.3 million limited tax general obligation bonds series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AAA' rating on the village's approximately $11.9 million outstanding general obligation bonds. ... more info

26 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

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27 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: FOR MARKETS, A DAY SPENT GOING BACK AND FORTH
Markets traded in a narrow range after the government reported a bigger than expected increase in overall orders to factories and an increase in new home sales in July. ... more info

26 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES MANAGE GAINS ON THE DAY
Initially, investors took in a series of announcements and then found a reason to push higher. But as the day continued, the enthusiasm faded. ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

25 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES $27.33MM TRAILL CO., ND (AMERICAN CRYSTAL SUGAR CO.) SER 2009 REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $27,330,000 Traill County, North Dakota industrial development revenue refunding bonds , series 2009. The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit issued by CoBank, ACB. ... more info

25 Aug 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS S-T 'F1+' RATING ON JEA'S VAR RATE WATER & SEWER SYS SUB REV BDS, 2008 SER A-2
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to JEA's $65,275,000 currently outstanding variable rate water and sewer system subordinated revenue bonds, 2008 series A-2 . ... more info

25 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS SOUTH OGDEN CITY, UTAH'S SALES TAX REV & RFDG BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on approximately $3.1 million of outstanding South Ogden City , Weber County, Utah, sales tax revenue and refunding bonds, series 2004. ... more info

25 Aug 2009: WELLS FARGO ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW BOND INDEX
Wells Fargo & Co. on Tuesday said it launched the Wells Fargo Build America Bond Index, which will measure the performance of municipal bonds issued through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ... more info

25 Aug 2009: WELLS FARGO LAUNCHES THE BUILD AMERICA BOND INDEX
CHARLOTTE, N.C.----Wells Fargo & Company today announced the launch of the Wells Fargo Build America Bond Index, a comprehensive, rules-based index measuring the performance of certain types of municipal bonds issued under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ... more info

25 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES UNIV OF CHICAGO MED CTR (ILLINOIS) BANK BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-' long-term bank bond ratings to the aggregate $70,000,000 Illinois Finance Authority revenue bonds , consisting of $35,000,000 series 2009D-1 and $35,000,000 series 2009D-2. ... more info

25 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES OHIO BUILDING AUTHORITY $170MM BONDS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to $170 million State of Ohio state facilities refunding bonds, series B, consisting of: ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

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25 Aug 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON SAN ANTONIO, TX'S PARKING SYSTEM REV BONDS SERIES 2000
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its 'A+' long-term rating on the following bonds: ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

25 Aug 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: SHARES PAUSE AFTER RECENT GAINS, WHILE OIL RISES
The price of crude oil hit its highest point of the year while Wall Street gave back earlier gains as the trading day closed. ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

24 Aug 2009: FITCH REVISES WEST VIRGINIA'S OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE; RATES $11.5MM EDA LEASE REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the State of West Virginia Economic Development Authority's $11.5 million lease revenue bonds, series 2009A, expected to sell via negotiation the week of Aug. 24, 2009. ... more info

24 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES SHELBY COUNTY, TENNESSEE'S $119MM 2009 GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Shelby County, Tennessee's approximately $118.9 million of general obligation bonds, consisting of the following: ... more info

24 Aug 2009: FITCH ASSIGNS LS RATINGS TO $217B U.S. FFELP STUDENT LOAN ABS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned Loss Severity Ratings to 1,677 classes of $216.78 billion of U.S. FFELP student loan asset-backed securities issued from 200 trusts. Senior bonds were assigned 'LS1' reflecting the very large tranche thickness of these classes relative to loan pool loss expectations. 'LS3' was assigned to subordinate and junior subordinate bonds, which are typically significantly thinner. ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

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24 Aug 2009: BNY MELLON CORPORATE TRUST APPOINTED TRUSTEE, REGISTRAR AND PAYING AGENT ON NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT'S 2009 GENERAL REVENUE BONDS
BNY Mellon Corporate Trust has been appointed trustee, registrar and paying agent for Nebraska Public Power District's 2009 General Revenue Bonds. ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

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23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

22 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: HOME SALES LIFT MARKETS TO HIGHEST CLOSE OF ’09
Shares jumped after a report showed existing home sales rose more than expected in July. ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

22 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: HOME SALES LIFT MARKETS TO HIGHEST CLOSE OF ’09
Shares jumped after a report showed existing home sales rose more than expected in July. ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

22 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: HOME SALES LIFT MARKETS TO HIGHEST CLOSE OF ’09
Shares jumped after a report showed existing home sales rose more than expected in July. ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

22 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: HOME SALES LIFT MARKETS TO HIGHEST CLOSE OF ’09
Shares jumped after a report showed existing home sales rose more than expected in July. ... more info

23 Aug 2009: THE COUNT: NEW CAUTION IN HANDLING OF 401(K)’S
Data from Fidelity Investments shows that many investors have moved some money out of equities and into bonds and more conservative investments.

... more info

22 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: HOME SALES LIFT MARKETS TO HIGHEST CLOSE OF ’09
Shares jumped after a report showed existing home sales rose more than expected in July. ... more info

22 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: HOME SALES LIFT MARKETS TO HIGHEST CLOSE OF ’09
Shares jumped after a report showed existing home sales rose more than expected in July. ... more info

22 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: HOME SALES LIFT MARKETS TO HIGHEST CLOSE OF ’09
Shares jumped after a report showed existing home sales rose more than expected in July. ... more info

22 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: HOME SALES LIFT MARKETS TO HIGHEST CLOSE OF ’09
Shares jumped after a report showed existing home sales rose more than expected in July. ... more info

22 Aug 2009: INDEX FUNDS TOP ACTIVE IN BONDS
Index funds beat active in the fixed-income arena, S&P says in a report. ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES PEND OREILLE (WA) ELECTRIC REVS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to Pend Oreille Public Utility District No. 1, Washington's approximately $70 million in Box Canyon Production System revenue bonds, aeries 2009A and 2009B . ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES BONITA USD, CALIFORNIA'S $30MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Bonita Unified School District, California's $30 million of election of 2008, general obligation bonds, series A and B. Additionally, Fitch affirms the 'AA-' rating of the district's approximately $53.2 million of outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES LAKE HAVASU CITY, ARIZONA $94.7MM WASTEWATER REVS 'BBB+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' rating to Lake Havasu City, Arizona's approximately $89.6 million senior lien wastewater revenue bonds, Water Infrastructure Financing Authority of Arizona loan, series 2009A. ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK'S $110MM GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Nassau County, NY's approximately $90 million general obligation 2009 series F and $20 million GO bonds 2009 series G which may be sold as Build America Bonds . ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS STATE OF OHIO'S $40MM COAL GOS AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA' rating on $10 million State of Ohio coal development general obligation bonds, series J and $30 million series K. The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on Aug. 25, 2009; the sale was delayed from June, when Fitch first rated the bonds. ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT'S OUTSTANDING GOS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A' rating on the city of New Britain, Connecticut's approximately $55.5 million of outstanding general obligation bonds, consisting of the following issues: ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES BAY AREA TOLL AUTH'S (CA) $110MM TOLL BRIDGE REVS, 2008 SERIES A-1 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a short-term 'F1+' rating to the $110,000,000 Bay Area Toll Authority San Francisco Bay Area toll bridge revenue bonds, 2008 series A-1. Fitch's current long-term rating for the bonds is 'AA-'. ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES EDA OF JAMES CITY COUNTY, VA'S LEASE REV BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Economic Development Authority of James City County, Virginia's $15,040,000 lease revenue bonds , series 2009. The bonds will finance the construction of police department facilities and the renovation of fire department facilities. ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH ASSIGNS STABLE RATING OUTLOOKS TO $164B U.S. FFELP STUDENT LOAN ABS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned Stable Rating Outlooks to 1,083 classes of $164,495,030,000 of U.S. FFELP student loan asset-backed securities issued from 170 trusts. Stable Outlooks were assigned to senior bonds that had their long-term ratings affirmed within the last 10 months and continue to exhibit steady or improving senior parity levels. ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES WASHINGTON HEALTH CARE FAC AUTH V-R REVS, (CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES) 2002B 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'F1+' short-term rating to the $60,900,000 Washington Health Care Facilities Authority variable rate revenue bonds, series 2002B . The short-term 'F1+' rating is based on the liquidity support of a standby bond purchase agreement provided by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. ... more info

21 Aug 2009: TREX COMPANY ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION OF VARIABLE RATE DEMAND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT REVENUE BONDS
WINCHESTER, Va.----Trex Company, Inc. , the nation's leading manufacturer and distributor of wood alternative decking, railing, fencing and trim, today announced that a notice of redemption has been sent to holders of all Variable Rate Demand Environmental Improvement Revenue Bonds Series 2004. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: ROBERT POWELL: RETIREES IGNORE BONDS AT THEIR OWN RISK
When it comes to investing, most retired Americans have it backwards. Instead of investing in bonds -- things that provide a return on capital, those seeking retirement-income security tend to invest in things that provide a guaranteed return of capital. Doing so could lower one’s standard of living, especially when short-term interest rates fall. ... more info

21 Aug 2009: FIRMS MOVE TO SCOOP UP OWN DEBT
Companies are buying back their own bonds at a discount in the market as the financial system works its way out of crisis mode. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES FORT WORTH, TEXAS' $150MM GOS AND COS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA' rating to the city of Fort Worth, Texas' approximately $92.9 million general purpose bonds , series 2009, and $57.2 million combination tax and limited surplus revenue certificates of obligation , series 2009. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $174MM GO PECO BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the state of Florida's $174,230,000 full faith and credit state board of education public education capital outlay refunding bonds, 2009 series B. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES NORTH SHORE-LIJ, NEW YORK'S $55MM SERIES 2009E REV BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the estimated $55 million Dormitory Authority State of New York hospital revenue bonds, series 2009E, to be issued for the benefit of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Obligated Group . ... more info

20 Aug 2009: FITCH ASSIGNS 'A+' BANK BOND RATING TO IDAHO HOUSING & FIN ASSOCIATION'S 2008 SER C CLASS I VRDBS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' long-term bank bond rating to the estimated $27,000,000 Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2008 series C class I variable-rate bonds. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: FITCH RTS $5MM MINIDOKA CO INDUSTRIAL DEVEL CORP, IDAHO (NATURE'S BEST PRODUCE) 1998 VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $5,000,000 Industrial Development Corporation of the Board of County Commissioners of Minidoka County, Idaho variable rate demand economic development revenue bonds , series 1998. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS NEW HAMPSHIRE TURNPIKE SYSTEM REVS AT 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its underlying 'A' rating on approximately $256.9 million of outstanding New Hampshire Turnpike System revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES PHILADELPHIA GAS WORKS' $255MM REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying long-term rating of 'BBB-' to Philadelphia Gas Works' $255 million variable rate gas works revenue refunding bonds eighth series 2009 B, C, D, and E . ... more info

20 Aug 2009: TREASURYS UNEVEN; LONG BONDS RISE
Treasurys ended mixed, with the front end weighed down by improving factory data from the Philadelphia Fed while the long end of the market rallied sharply. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: PROSHARES LAUNCHES ETF PROVIDING SHORT EXPOSURE TO LONG-TERM TREASURY BONDS
BETHESDA, Md.----ProFunds Group, the world's largest manager of leveraged and inverse funds,1 announced today that it is launching an ETF designed to provide short exposure to the market for long-term U.S. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: BNY MELLON APPOINTED TRUSTEE FOR COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY'S $392 MILLION BOND ISSUE
BNY Mellon has been appointed trustee, paying agent, registrar and continuing disclosure agent for the Commonwealth of Kentucky's $392 million bond issue, which was broken down into three series of revenue, revenue and refunding and Build America Bonds. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: MORTGAGE RATES LOWEST SINCE MEMORIAL DAY: BANKRATE
BOSTON -- The average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell 15 basis points to 5.52% this week, the lowest level since Memorial Day, according to Bankrate.com. "A renewed bout of economic uncertainty brought mortgage rates to the lowest level since late May. Skepticism about the sustainability of an economic rebound with the American consumer ailing led investors to pull money out of stocks and park it in the safety of government bonds," said Bankrate.com, adding that mortgage rates are closely linked to yields on long-term government bonds. ... more info

20 Aug 2009: LONGER-DATED BONDS RISE
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20 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: KEY INDEX IN CHINA FALLS ON FEAR OF A BUBBLE
Investors worry that an asset bubble may be forming in China, fueled in part by a $586 billion economic stimulus package. ... more info

19 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES WRIGHT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (MISSOURI) REVS 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'BBB-' to approximately $30 million of Grundy County Industrial Development Authority Health Facilities revenue bonds, series 2009 issued on behalf of Wright Memorial Hospital . ... more info

19 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES M-S-R ENERGY AUTHORITY, CA'S $1B PREPAID GAS REVS 2009A, B & C 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to M-S-R Energy Authority, CA's $1 billion of prepaid gas revenue bonds, series 2009A, 2009B, and 2009C. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

19 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES $49MM CLEVELAND, OHIO, AIRPORT REVS SERIES 2009D 'AA-/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA-/F1' to the $49,025,000 City of Cleveland, Ohio , airport system revenue bonds, series 2009D. The 'AA-' long-term component of the rating is based jointly on the rating that Fitch has assigned to the City's airport system revenue bonds and the irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit provided by KBC Bank N.V. . ... more info

19 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES ATLANTIC COUNTY UTILITIES AUTH (NJ) 2009 SEWER REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the $18.475 million sewer revenue refunding bonds, 2009 series of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, New Jersey . The new issue is scheduled to sell the week of Aug. 24, 2009 via negotiated sale. ... more info

19 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DUARTE REDEV. AGENCY, CALIFORNIA'S TABS AT 'A-'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A-' rating on the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Duarte, CA's $29.7 million outstanding parity tax allocation bonds for the merged redevelopment project. ... more info

19 Aug 2009: FITCH UPGRADES NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL'S GOS TO 'AA-'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch upgrades New Smyrna Beach, Florida's approximately $15.4 million in outstanding general obligation bonds, series 2005 to 'AA-' from 'A+'. ... more info

19 Aug 2009: FITCH: TAX-EXEMPT MMFS AVOID DIRECT CALIFORNIA GO EXPOSURE BUT FACE OTHER CHALLENGES
NEW YORK----A Fitch Ratings analysis found that tax-exempt money market funds rated by Fitch have avoided direct exposure to California general obligation bonds but face other investment risks. ... more info

19 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES FORSYTH COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $42MM RFDG GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Forsyth County, North Carolina estimated $42.3 million general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009. The GOs are scheduled to price via negotiated sale on Sept. 2, 2009. ... more info

19 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES AUSTIN, TEXAS SERIES 2009 GOS 'AA+'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA+' rating to the city of Austin, Texas bonds, as follows: ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES FLORIDA HOUSING FIN CORP'S CAP BONDS TO 'BBB'; WATCH NEGATIVE; WITHDRAWS S-T RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades Florida Housing Finance Corporation's 1993 series A, 1999 series A, and 2000 series A capitalization bonds to 'BBB' from 'A+' and places the bonds on Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

18 Aug 2009: CORPORATE BONDS TOP $1 TRILLION MARK
Global corporate bond volumes, excluding banks and other financial institutions, surpassed the $1 trillion mark for the first time. ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES CLEVELAND-CUYAHOGA COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY'S (OHIO) BOND FUND REVS TO 'BBB-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB-' to the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Ohio's Port of Cleveland Bond Fund $3,055,000 taxable development revenue bonds, series 2009A . ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS RIALTO REDEV AGENCY (CALIFORNIA) BONDS AT 'BBB+'; REVISES OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB+' ratings for the following Rialto Redevelopment Agency, California bonds: ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT, CALIFORNIA'S REV BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----As part of its ongoing surveillance effort, Fitch has affirmed its 'AA' rating on the Oro Loma Sanitary District, California's outstanding revenue refunding bonds, series 2003. ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES MANCHESTER/BALLAS COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, MO'S REVS 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB-' rating to Manchester/Ballas Community Improvement District, Missouri's approximately $10.5 million sales tax revenue bonds, series 2009. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA'S EDA'S $37.6MM LEASE REV RFDG BNDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Henrico County, Virginia's $37,625,000 Economic Development Authority of Henrico County, Virginia lease revenue refunding bonds. ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS PLANT CITY, FL'S INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX REVS AT 'A'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms Plant City, Florida's approximately $4.8 million in outstanding infrastructure sales tax revenue bonds, series 1999 . ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES WISCONSIN'S $423MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the State of Wisconsin's $423,090,000 general obligation bonds, consisting of: ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH CORRECTS RATINGS ON STATE OF FLORIDA BONDS
NEW YORK----An error was found in the rating on Fitch Ratings' web site for the bonds listed below: ... more info

18 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS FREDERICK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (MARYLAND) REVS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the underlying 'BBB+' rating on approximately $145.9 million of outstanding Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds issued on behalf of Frederick Memorial Hospital . ... more info

18 Aug 2009: GLOBAL STOCKS, COMMODS REBOUND AS VOLATILITY EASES
World stocks and commodity prices recovered on Tuesday from the previous session's sell-off, which was prompted by concerns over the pace of global recovery, while the Japanese yen and safe-haven U.S. government bonds eased. ... more info

18 Aug 2009: TREASURYS ATTRACT FOREIGNERS
China and Japan, the world's largest creditors to the U.S., scooped up longer-term Treasury notes and bonds in June at a record pace. ... more info

17 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES MAINE MUNICIPAL BOND BANK'S $30MM TRANSCAP REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Maine Municipal Bond Bank's $30 million transportation infrastructure revenue bonds series 2009B. The bonds are expected to sell through negotiation the week of Aug. 24, 2009 and are due Sept. 1, 2010-2024. ... more info

17 Aug 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON TEXAS PFA GO SERIES 2009B-2
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn the 'AA+' rating on Texas Public Finance Authority, State of Texas general obligation bonds, series 2009B-2, and corrected the series name to reflect the final sale information. ... more info

17 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CORPUS CHRISTI, TX AIRPORT REVS AT 'BBB'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB' rating on approximately $20 million of outstanding City of Corpus Christi, Texas' airport revenue bonds, series 2000. The bonds are secured by the net revenues generated by the operations of Corpus Christi International Airport , including passenger facility charge receipts and interest income. ... more info

17 Aug 2009: CHINA, JAPAN SNAP UP TREASURYS
China and Japan, the world's largest creditors to the U.S., scooped up longer-term Treasury notes and bonds in June at a record pace. ... more info

17 Aug 2009: FITCH CORRECTS RATINGS ON VARIOUS OHIO SCHOOL DISTRICT BONDS
NEW YORK----An error was found in the ratings for the following bonds on the Fitch Ratings web site: ... more info

17 Aug 2009: JENNISONDRYDEN ADDS DRYDEN TOTAL RETURN BOND FUND TO ITS ASSET ALLOCATION FUNDS
NEWARK, N.J.----JennisonDryden has added the Dryden Total Return Bond Fund to the fixed-income allocation of its full line-up of JennisonDryden Asset Allocation Funds. Dryden Total Return Bond Fund offers investors access to a well-diversified, risk-managed portfolio of bonds. ... more info

17 Aug 2009: WORLD STOCKS, OIL TUMBLE ON RECOVERY DOUBTS
World stocks fell by more than 1 percent on Monday, led by sharp drops in Asia, while government bonds and the dollar rose as doubts about the strength of a global economic recovery triggered a risk asset sell-off. ... more info

15 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES CLOSE LOWER AMID SOME PROFIT-TAKING
Markets gave back on Friday much of what they had gained on Wednesday after the Fed offered an optimistic read of the economy. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, IN'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCOME TAX BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to St. Joseph County, Indiana's $4.715 million economic development income tax revenue bonds, series 2009, scheduled to sell on a negotiated basis the week of Aug. 17, 2009 via Mesirow Financial. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH UPGRADES ALAMEDA CFD NO. 1, 1996 SERIES A BONDS TO 'BBB+'
TAMPA, Fla.----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has upgraded the Alameda Public Financing Authority, California's local agency revenue bonds, (Community Facilities District No. 1 Refinancing) special tax bonds 1996 series to 'BBB+' from 'BBB'. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $54MM CAPITAL OUTLAY BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to approximately $54,040,000 State of Florida full faith and credit state board of education capital outlay bonds, 2009 series A. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA'S GO REFUNDING BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina's approximately $5.1 million, general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are scheduled to price Aug. 25, 2009. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES $705MM DALLAS COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT, TX'S LIMITED TAX BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AAA' rating to Dallas County Hospital District , Texas' $26.1 limited tax bonds , series 2009A, $185 million limited tax bonds , series 2009B , and $493.9 million limited tax bonds , series 2009C, , scheduled for negotiated sale the week of Aug. 24, 2009. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES FRANKLIN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $14MM GO BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Franklin County, North Carolina's $14 million general obligation school bonds, series 2009. The bonds mature on March 1, 2011-2029 and are scheduled to sell via competition on Aug. 25, 2009. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS TOLEDO-LUCAS COUNTY PORT AUTH'S (OH) BOND FUND 'BBB-' RATING; REMOVES NEGATIVE WATCH
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB-' rating to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, OH Northwest Ohio Bond Fund's $3,000,000 taxable development revenue bonds, series 2009A . ... more info

14 Aug 2009: VIDEO: VANGUARD'S BOLD MOVE INTO BONDS
The mutual-fund giant is pushing into exchange-traded bond funds. Now bond-fund buyers can expect more choices, says Dan Wiener, editor of the Independent Adviser for Vanguard Investors newsletter. Jonathan Burton reports. ... more info

13 Aug 2009: TREASURYS HIGHER AFTER AUCTION
Treasury prices rose Thursday after the government sold $15 billion worth of 30-year bonds and a pair of weaker-than-expected economic reports vied with the Federal Reserve's more optimistic outlook. ... more info

15 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES CLOSE LOWER AMID SOME PROFIT-TAKING
Markets gave back on Friday much of what they had gained on Wednesday after the Fed offered an optimistic read of the economy. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, IN'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCOME TAX BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to St. Joseph County, Indiana's $4.715 million economic development income tax revenue bonds, series 2009, scheduled to sell on a negotiated basis the week of Aug. 17, 2009 via Mesirow Financial. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: VIDEO: VANGUARD'S BOLD MOVE INTO BONDS
The mutual-fund giant is pushing into exchange-traded bond funds. Now bond-fund buyers can expect more choices, says Dan Wiener, editor of the Independent Adviser for Vanguard Investors newsletter. Jonathan Burton reports. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH UPGRADES ALAMEDA CFD NO. 1, 1996 SERIES A BONDS TO 'BBB+'
TAMPA, Fla.----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has upgraded the Alameda Public Financing Authority, California's local agency revenue bonds, (Community Facilities District No. 1 Refinancing) special tax bonds 1996 series to 'BBB+' from 'BBB'. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $54MM CAPITAL OUTLAY BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to approximately $54,040,000 State of Florida full faith and credit state board of education capital outlay bonds, 2009 series A. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA'S GO REFUNDING BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina's approximately $5.1 million, general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are scheduled to price Aug. 25, 2009. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES $705MM DALLAS COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT, TX'S LIMITED TAX BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AAA' rating to Dallas County Hospital District , Texas' $26.1 limited tax bonds , series 2009A, $185 million limited tax bonds , series 2009B , and $493.9 million limited tax bonds , series 2009C, , scheduled for negotiated sale the week of Aug. 24, 2009. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES FRANKLIN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $14MM GO BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Franklin County, North Carolina's $14 million general obligation school bonds, series 2009. The bonds mature on March 1, 2011-2029 and are scheduled to sell via competition on Aug. 25, 2009. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS TOLEDO-LUCAS COUNTY PORT AUTH'S (OH) BOND FUND 'BBB-' RATING; REMOVES NEGATIVE WATCH
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB-' rating to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, OH Northwest Ohio Bond Fund's $3,000,000 taxable development revenue bonds, series 2009A . ... more info

14 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: RETAIL SALES GIVE INVESTORS REASON TO PAUSE
The markets closed up despite reports showing consumer spending fell in July and more workers filing for unemployment benefits. ... more info

14 Aug 2009: BLACKSTONE BONDS FIND BUYERS
In a rare move for a private-equity firm, Blackstone Group sold $600 million 10-year senior bonds. ... more info

13 Aug 2009: TREASURYS RISE AFTER WEAK RETAIL, JOBS REPORTS
Treasury prices rose Thursday after the government sold $15 billion worth of 30-year bonds and a pair of weaker-than-expected economic reports vied with the Federal Reserve's more optimistic outlook. ... more info

13 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA'S PENSION OBLIG BONDS & SALES TAX REVS; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sonoma County, California's outstanding debt as follows: ... more info

13 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES INDIANAPOLIS (INDIANA) BOND BANK'S $167MM SER 2009B&C 'AA-'; DOWNGRADES GOS TO 'AA+'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, Indiana's approximately $164 million refunding bonds, series 2009B and $3.2 million taxable bonds, series 2009C. ... more info

13 Aug 2009: STERNE AGEE GENERATES $2.3 MILLION IN SAVINGS FOR NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK AS SENIOR MANAGER OF RECENT $50.875 MILLION BOND ISSUE
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.----Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. served as lead underwriter for Nassau County, New York's recent $50,875,000 bond issue. The 2009 Series E General Obligation Refunding Bonds were issued through Nassau County and security for the bonds is an ad valorem tax of the County. ... more info

13 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS WELLINGTON VILLAGE, FLORIDA'S WATER AND SEWER REVENUE BONDS AT 'AA-'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch affirms Wellington Village, Florida's approximately $13.7 million of outstanding water and sewer revenue bonds, series 2003 at 'AA-'. ... more info

13 Aug 2009: BLACKSTONE SELLS MAIDEN BOND DEAL
Blackstone Group is selling $600 million 10-year senior bonds, in a deal that is the first for the company and rare for private equity firms. ... more info

13 Aug 2009: TREASURYS HIGHER AFTER AUCTION
Treasury prices rose Thursday after the government sold $15 billion worth of 30-year bonds and a pair of weaker-than-expected economic reports vied with the Federal Reserve's more optimistic outlook. ... more info

13 Aug 2009: INDIANAPOLIS SAVES $1.4 MILLION WITH REFUNDING OF PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT BONDS
MEMPHIS, Tenn.----A fixed rate refunding for the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank through lead underwriter Morgan Keegan & Co. saved Indianapolis residents $1.4 million in reduced debt service cost. ... more info

13 Aug 2009: FED VIEWS RECESSION AS NEAR AN END
The central bank gave its most upbeat assessment of the economy in more than a year and said it would soon end its program to buy back billions in Treasury bonds. ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH REVISES RATING WATCH ON ASSURED GUARANTY-INSURED MUNI BONDS TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----In conjunction with Fitch Ratings' revision of the 'AA' Insurer Financial Strength rating of Assured Guaranty Corp. to Rating Watch Negative from Evolving on Aug. 10, 2009, Fitch revises Assured Guaranty-insured municipal bonds with no Fitch unenhanced ratings, as well as those Assured Guaranty-insured municipal bonds with unenhanced ratings of below 'AA' to Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES $1B BON SECOURS HEALTH SYSTEM'S BONDS TO 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the underlying rating on approximately $1 billion outstanding bonds issued on behalf of Bon Secours Health System, Inc. to 'A-'. The Outlook is Stable. ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM (TEXAS) TAX NOTES 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Houston Community College System , Texas' $14 million maintenance tax notes, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms its 'AA' rating on the system's approximately $131 million in outstanding limited tax bonds and $64 million in outstanding maintenance tax notes. ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL'S $87MM PUBLIC FACILITIES REVS (JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM) 'A+'
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Miami-Dade County, FL's $87 million in public facilities revenue bonds , series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to be sold via negotiation on Aug. 18, 2009. ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES AURORA HEALTH CARE (WISCONSIN) SERIES 2009 REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the expected issuance of $159.4 million Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the unenhanced 'A' rating on Aurora Health Care's approximately $1.153 billion of revenue bonds currently outstanding issued by the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority. ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES LAREDO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT (TEXAS) $3.7MM SERIES 2009 REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term 'A' rating to Laredo Community College District's approximately $3.7 million of combined fee revenue refunding bonds, series 2009. ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH CORRECTS RATINGS ON DEPAUL UNIVERSITY, ILLINOIS' SER 2004C REV BONDS
NEW YORK----An error was found in the rating on Fitch's web site for the bond listed below: ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DARTMOUTH COLLEGE (NEW HAMPSHIRE) REVS AT 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the long-term rating on the following series of bonds issued by the New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority on behalf of Dartmouth College at 'AAA': ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE DORMITORY AUTHORITY'S $1.2B PIT BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York's approximately $1.24 billion state personal income tax revenue bonds , consisting of: ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to two series of Overland Park, Kansas' internal improvement bonds : ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES TEXAS VETERANS' HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROG FUND II 2006D S-T RATING TO 'F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades the short-term rating to 'F1' from 'F1+' assigned to $46,325,000 State of Texas general obligation bonds, Veterans' Housing Assistance Program Fund II series 2006D . ... more info

12 Aug 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS S-T RATING ON JEA VARIABLE RATE WATER & SEWER SYS SUB REV BONDS, 2008 SER A-1
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'F1+' rating assigned to JEA's $65,625,000 currently outstanding variable rate water and sewer system subordinated revenue bonds, 2008 series A-1 . ... more info

11 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK'S 2009C RFDG GOS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Suffolk County, New York's $15.5 million refunding serial bonds, 2009 series . The bonds are expected to sell via competitive sale on Aug. 13 , 2009. ... more info

11 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA'S $122MM WATER & SEWER REV BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A' rating on Spotsylvania County, Virginia's approximately $122 million outstanding water and sewer system revenue bonds. ... more info

11 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES PENNSYLVANIA STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER ED'S $46.3MM REFUNDING REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $46.3 million of Pennsylvania Higher Educational Facilities Authority refunding revenue bonds series AK , issued on behalf of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education . ... more info

11 Aug 2009: FITCH ASSIGNS 'A+/F1+' CREDIT ENHANCED RATING TO UNION COUNTY, NC VAR RATE ENTERPRISE SYS BDS 2009
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a credit enhanced rating of 'A+/F1+' to the $20,000,000 County of Union, North Carolina variable rate enterprise system revenue bonds, series 2009. ... more info

11 Aug 2009: FITCH CORRECTS RATINGS ON VARIOUS MICHIGAN SCHOOL DISTRICT BONDS
NEW YORK----An error was found in the rating on Fitch's web site for the bonds listed below: ... more info

11 Aug 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS IOWA HEALTH SYSTEM VRD HEALTH FACILS REVS S-T 'F1+' RATING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the following Iowa Health System variable rate demand health facility revenue bonds : ... more info

10 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES BAY AREA TOLL AUTHORITY'S (CALIFORNIA) REVS 'AA-'; REVISES OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $773 million Bay Area Toll Authority, California San Francisco Bay Area Toll Bridge revenue bonds 2009 series F-1. ... more info

10 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES WEST CONTRA COSTA USD, CALIFORNIA'S $58MM RFDG GOS 'A-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to West Contra Costa Unified School District , California's approximately $58 million 2009 general obligation refunding bonds. Fitch also affirms the 'A-' rating on the district's approximately $636 million in outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

10 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS KERSHAWHEALTH, SOUTH CAROLINA'S BONDS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB+' rating on $18.8 million of South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority Hospital facilities revenue bonds , series 2008 and approximately $6.8 million in KershawHealth's other outstanding long-term debt. ... more info

10 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION $1.1B GOS 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating on approximately $1.1 billion in Texas Transportation Commission State of Texas general obligation bonds, consisting of: ... more info

10 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES COLORADO SPRINGS (CO) UTILITIES SYS 2009A, B & D REV BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA' to the following new subordinate lien issuances proposed by Colorado Springs Utilities System, CO's : ... more info

10 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA CAPITOL IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY'S $152MM LEASE REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to $152 Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority state highway capital improvement revenue bonds series 2009A and 2009B . The bonds are expected to sell through negotiation Sept. 1, 2009 and are due July 1, 2010-2024. ... more info

10 Aug 2009: LONG-TERM BONDS RISE ON WEAKER STOCKS
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10 Aug 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS PINELLAS PARK'S WATER &SEWER REVS AT 'AA-'
NEW YORK----As part of its ongoing surveillance efforts, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA-' rating on Pinellas Park, FL's approximately $10 million outstanding water and sewer revenue bonds, series 2003. ... more info

10 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT'S 2009 GOS 'A+' & GO BANS 'F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the town of Hamden, Connecticut's $16.2 million of general obligation bonds, issue of 2009, consisting of $12.2 million GO bonds, series A, and $4.0 million GO bonds , series B; as well as an 'F1+' rating to the town's $30.8 million of GO bond anticipation notes . ... more info

10 Aug 2009: FITCH RATES METRO WATER RECLAMATION DIST OF GREATER CHICAGO, IL $600M GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Illinois' up to $600 million in taxable general obligation capital improvement bonds, limited tax series of August 2009 . ... more info

10 Aug 2009: COLLEGE BONDS: A TAXING CATCH-22
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10 Aug 2009: AUSTRALIA TURNS TO A SYNDICATE TO GAUGE DEMAND
The Australian government plans to use a syndicate of banks when it resumes issuance of inflation-linked bonds in late September or early October. ... more info

8 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: BULLS SEND MARKETS TO HEIGHTS LAST SEEN IN 2008
An unexpected drop in the jobless rate and a profit at A.I.G. sent investors into a frenzy of buying. ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES ST. JOSEPH HEALTH SYSTEM (CA) $425MM 2009A-D REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-' ratings to the expected issuance of $424.7 million California Health Facilities Financing Authority revenue refunding bonds series 2009A-D. ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES ORLANDO, FL'S CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT SPECIAL REVENUE BONDS 'AA'
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Orlando, Florida's capital improvement special revenue bonds as follows: ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES ORLANDO, FL CRA TAX INCREMENT REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the following City of Orlando, Florida Community Redevelopment Agency's revenue bonds: ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $187MM PECO BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the state of Florida's $186,600,000 full faith and credit state board of education public education capital outlay bonds, consisting of $47,375,000 series 2006F tax-exempt bonds and $139,225,00 series 2009G Build America Bonds . ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE HFA'S $200MM PIT REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA-' rating on the New York State Housing Finance Agency's approximately $200 million state personal income tax revenue bonds , consisting of: ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES TAMARAC, FLORIDA'S WATER/WASTEWATER REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Tamarac, Florida's approximately $14 million in water wastewater revenue bonds series 2009. The bonds are expected to sell Aug. 18, 2009 via negotiation. ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH ASSIGNS 'A+' TO TAMARAC, FL'S STORMWATER ASSESSMENT REVENUE BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Tamarac, Florida's approximately $4.4 million in stormwater assessment revenue bonds, series 2009. The bonds will be privately placed. ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY TFA'S $600MM BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to $600 million New York City Transitional Finance Authority future tax secured subordinate bonds fiscal 2010 series B. The bonds, which are being issued for refunding purposes, are scheduled to sell through negotiation the week of Aug. 10, 2009. ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT'S SR. LIEN SALES TAX REVS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings affirms the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's approximately $1.6 billion senior lien sales tax revenue bonds and outstanding senior subordinate lien sales tax revenue commercial paper notes at 'AA-'. ... more info

7 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY $46.8MM GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch rates Ocean County , New Jersey's general obligation general improvement bonds, series 2009 'AA+'. Bond proceeds will be use to acquire additional inmate housing and to fund ongoing capital needs. ... more info

7 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES FALL AGAIN, PUSHED BY JITTERS OVER JOBLESS RATE
An initial rise in stocks quickly lost steam, as new evidence that layoffs are stabilizing was offset by sluggish retail sales reports. ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES BROWARD COUNTY AIRPORT SYSTEM REVENUE RFDG BONDS, SERIES 2009O 'A+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Broward County's airport system $103 million revenue refunding bonds, series 2009O. Bond proceeds will be used to refund all of the airport's outstanding variable-rate bonds, series 2000N bonds, and fund a debt service reserve fund and pay costs of issuance. ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS GRAVOIS BLUFFS TRANSPORTATION DEV DIST'S (MO) SALES TAX REVS AT 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB-' rating on $19.7 million outstanding Gravois Bluffs Transportation Development District, MO transportation sales tax revenue bonds, series 2007 . ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $141MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Pasco County, Florida's approximately $26.3 million water and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2009A and taxable $115.1 million water and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2009B . ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES MINNESOTA'S $600MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to approximately $600 million State of Minnesota general obligation bonds, consisting of the following: ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES DB CUSTODIAL RECEIPTS 'AA-'; UPGRADES SPEARS/LIFERS SERIES 453 & 476
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-' with a Negative Rating Outlook to the Deutsche Bank Custodial Receipts, series DBE-453 and DBE-476, relating to Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority McCormick Place Expansion Project refunding bonds, series 2002A capital appreciation bonds . ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES INDIAN WELLS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT, CA'S WATER REV COPS 'A+'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING BONDS
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Indian Wells Valley Water District, California's $20 million water revenue certificates of participation series 2009. Concurrently, Fitch affirms the 'A+' rating on the district's $4.8 million of outstanding water revenue refunding bonds, series 2003. ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH TO CONFIRM S-T 'F1+' RATINGS ON ST CLOUD (MN) HEALTH CARE VRDBS, SER 2008A & 2008C
NEW YORK----On the effective date of Aug. 10, 2009, Fitch Ratings will confirm the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the City of St. Cloud, Minnesota health care variable-rate demand revenue bonds , consisting of $50,000,000 series 2008A and $20,000,000 series 2008C. ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES SOUTH VALLEY SEWER DISTRICT, UTAH'S $42MM SEWER REVENUE BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the South Valley Sewer District's $18.4 million sewer revenue bonds series 2009A and $23.7 million taxable sewer revenue bonds series 2009B . ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES $51.425MM ST. CLOUD (MN) HEALTH CARE VRD RFDG REV BONDS, SERIES 2009A 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $51,425,000 City of St. Cloud, Minnesota health care variable-rate demand refunding revenue bonds, series 2009A . The rating is based on the support provided by an irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by The Bank of Nova Scotia, acting through its New York Agency , securing the bonds. ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES CENTENNIAL AUTHORITY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $40MM REV RFDG BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Centennial Authority, North Carolina's estimated $39,670,000 of revenue refunding bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on Aug. 20, 2009, In addition, Fitch upgrades from 'A' to 'A+' the rating on the authority's outstanding hotel tax revenue bonds, series 1997, which are expected to be refunded in full with proceeds of the series 2009 bonds. ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : FITCH ASSIGNS 'A+' TO PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL'S $28.6MM UTILITY REVENUE BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' to Panama City Beach, Florida's approximately $28.6 million utility revenue bonds, series 2009. The bonds are expected to price Sept. 7, 2009. ... more info

6 Aug 2009 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR JULY 2009
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for July 2009 of $26.8 billion, consisting of $14.7 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $6.1 billion in eurobond volume, and $6.0 billion in other volume. ... more info

6 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: A FEW STOCKS SKYROCKET, BUT WHY?
Some of the most beleaguered financial stocks out there suddenly soared on Wednesday. A.I.G. was up 63 percent. ... more info

6 Aug 2009: U.S. TO SELL MORE TIPS
The Treasury will expand sales of inflation-protected bonds to ensure demand from China and other investors. ... more info

5 Aug 2009: EUROPEAN BONDS SET A RECORD
The volume of European bonds issued by companies other than financial institutions topped the previous annual high with nearly five months left in the year. ... more info

5 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES ABILENE, TEXAS $18.8MM GOS & COS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the city of Abilene, Texas' $8.14 million general obligation bonds, series 2009, and $10.7 million combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation, series 2009. ... more info

5 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA'S $95MM TDT RFDG BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Orange County, FL's approximately $95 million tourist development tax refunding revenue bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'A+' rating on approximately $944 million in outstanding parity debt. ... more info

5 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES COLLEGE STATION ISD, TEXAS' $38MM ULT BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' underlying rating to College Station Independent School District , Texas' $37.5 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009. ... more info

5 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S $276MM INCOME TAX REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA' rating to the District of Columbia's $276 million income tax secured revenue refunding bonds, series 2009C. This financing is the second pursuant to the District's Income Tax Secured Bond Authorization Act of 2008 which became effective in October 2008. ... more info

5 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA DEVELOPMENT FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $52MM LEASE REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to $52 million Oklahoma Development Finance Authority state system of higher education master real property lease revenue bonds series 2009A and 2009B . ... more info

5 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES BURLESON ISD, TEXAS' $67MM ULTS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Burleson Independent School District , Texas' $66.7 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009 . In addition, Fitch affirms the district's approximately $228 million in outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

5 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AGENCY'S SERIES 2009C BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A+' to Illinois Municipal Electric Agency's $294.755 million power supply system revenue bonds, taxable series 2009C. ... more info

5 Aug 2009 : ASSURED GUARANTY CORP. AND FINANCIAL SECURITY ASSURANCE INC. ANNOUNCE COMBINED MARKET SHARE OF NEW ISSUE U.S. PUBLIC FINANCE VOLUME OF 12.9% FOR JULY 2009
NEW YORK----Assured Guaranty Ltd. , the holding company for Assured Guaranty Corp. and Financial Security Assurance Inc. , announced today that Assured Guaranty Corp. and FSA guaranteed a combined par amount of approximately $3 billion of municipal bonds, in the month of July, representing 12.9% of new issue public finance volume. ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES FLORIDA'S $154MM PECO BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the state of Florida's approximately $154,440,000 full faith and credit state board of education public education capital outlay refunding bonds, 2009 series A. ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : FITCH WITHDRAWS S-T 'F1+' RATING ON BAY AREA TOLL AUTH, CA, VRDBS, SER 2008A-1
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the short-term 'F1+ rating assigned to the Bay Area Toll Authority variable rate demand revenue bonds , series 2008A-1 . The withdrawal of the short-term rating is in connection with the June 4, 2009 expiration of the standby bond purchase agreement issued by Citibank, N.A., which provided liquidity for the bonds while in the variable rate interest modes, and conversion of the interest rate on the bonds from a variable rate mode to an indexed rate mode. ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES UNION COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $20MM ENTERPRISE SYS REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Union County, North Carolina's $20 million variable rate enterprise systems revenue bonds, series 2009 bonds. The bonds are scheduled for a negotiated sale on Aug. 19, 2009 with proceeds being used to fund various capital improvements of the county's water and sewer utility system . ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES MAINE MUNICIPAL BOND BANK'S $24.3MM REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Maine Municipal Bond Bank's $4,480,000 general tax exempt fund group bonds, series 2009E and $19,825,000 general tax exempt fund group bonds, series 2009F. ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : FITCH WITHDRAWS S-T 'F1' RATING ON IL FIN AUTH REVS, SER 08C-3B (ADVOCATE HEALTH CARE NETWORK)
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the short-term 'F1' rating assigned to the Illinois Finance Authority's $21,975,000 revenue bonds series 2008C-3B . ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES WILSON, NORTH CAROLINA'S $15.3MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the city of Wilson, North Carolina's estimated $15,295,000 general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on Aug. 11, 2009 with proceeds to refund certain outstanding GO maturities. ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : FITCH WITHDRAWS S-T 'F1+' RATING ON NORTHSIDE, TX ISD VAR RATE ULT RFDG BONDS, SER 2003-A&2006A
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings withdraws the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the Northside Independent School District variable-rate unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2003-A and series 2006A . ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS $2.0B HOUSTON AIRPORT (TEXAS) SUB LIEN REVS 'A+', OUTLOOK REVISED TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on the city of Houston, TX's outstanding $2.0 billion airport system subordinate lien revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is revised to Negative from Stable. ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES 270 BONDS TO 'D' IN 59 U.S. RMBS TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded 270 bonds in 59 RMBS transactions to 'D' indicating that the bond has incurred a principal write-down. The bonds being downgraded to 'D' as part of this review were all previously rated 'CC' or 'C' indicating that a default was expected. ... more info

4 Aug 2009: ADVENTUROUS MUTUAL FUNDS FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES
Today's market is particularly tough for individual investors. Stocks have been wildly volatile, bonds offer low yields, and the experts caution that even when the economy recovers, growth will be weak and inflation a threat. ... more info

4 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: MARKETS RISE ON SIGNS OF ECONOMIC GROWTH
Reports on manufacturing and housing sent the S. & P. index past 1,000 for the first time since early November. ... more info

4 Aug 2009 : STONE & YOUNGBERG PORTFOLIO STRATEGY GROUP EXPANDS WITH NEW HIRE
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg LLC, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds over the past five years,1 today announced that it has hired Richard Estabrook as a senior vice president to join its Chicago-based Portfolio Strategy Group. ... more info

3 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES SAN FRANCISCO INT'L AIRPORT'S (CALIFORNIA) $175MM REVS 'F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'F1' to $175 million Airport Commission, City and County of San Francisco, CA, San Francisco International Airport , second series revenue refunding bonds, series 2009 consisting of: ... more info

3 Aug 2009 : FITCH RTS MISSOURI JOINT MUNI ELECTRIC UTIL COMMISSION PLUM POINT PROJECT REVS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission's $49.165 million Power Project revenue bonds , series 2009A and $4.795 million Power Project revenue bonds , series 2009B. ... more info

3 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES TEXAS PUBLIC FINANCE AUTH $475MM GO BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to $474.8 million in Texas Public Finance Authority general obligation bonds. The sale will consist of $292.4 million State of Texas GO refunding bonds, series 2009A, and either $182.4 million State of Texas GO bonds, series 2009B-1, or $182.4 million State of Texas GO bonds , taxable series 2009B-2, to be determined upon final sale. ... more info

3 Aug 2009 : FITCH RATES SOUTH JERSEY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY'S $87.8MM BANK BONDS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a long-term underlying rating of 'BBB+' to $44 million of bank bonds corresponding to variable-rate transportation system revenue bonds, series 2009A-3 and $43.8 million of bank bonds corresponding to variable-rate transportation system revenue bonds, series 2009A-4 issued by the South Jersey Transportation Authority, NJ . ... more info

3 Aug 2009 : ERIE WATER WORKS ANNOUNCES BOND RESTRUCTURING WITH FHLBANK PITTSBURGH
ERIE, Pa.----The Erie Water Works today completed the restructuring of $80.58 million in outstanding revenue bonds, allowing it to better manage its debt costs and assist the Water Works in conserving funds for use in a variety of future projects. ... more info

3 Aug 2009: STOCKS SURGE ON ECONOMIC HOPES
Stocks surged and bonds plummeted Monday, the first trading day of August, as investors welcomed a better-than-expected manufacturing report and strong overseas markets. ... more info

2 Aug 2009: HONG KONG TO SELL FIRST BONDS SINCE '04
The Hong Kong government plans to sell local-currency bonds as early as September, its first bond sales since 2004. ... more info

1 Aug 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: QUIET END TO A RESURGENT MONTH ON WALL STREET
Surprisingly strong earnings helped convince investors that companies could make profits during the recession. ... more info

31 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT'S 2009 GOS 'A-'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING GOS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to the city of Waterbury, Connecticut's $28 million of general obligation bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to price on August 13 via negotiation, with proceeds funding various school and general capital improvement projects. ... more info

31 Jul 2009: SWAPS LOSE LUSTER AS BONDS STEP UP
Investors scarred by the credit-market turmoil are turning to bonds to accomplish things for which they once tapped credit-default swaps. ... more info

31 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MIDLAND COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT, TEXAS GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA' rating to the following $115 million Midland County Hospital District, Texas' limited tax general obligation bonds, ... more info

31 Jul 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES MOVE HIGHER BUT FALL OFF THE DAY’S HIGH
Upbeat earnings reports and new unemployment data lifted stocks to their highest levels since last autumn. ... more info

31 Jul 2009: WORLD STOCKS POWER TO 9-1/2 MONTH HIGHS
World stocks rallied to fresh 9-1/2 month peaks on Friday as favorable corporate earnings fueled recovery hopes, while European government bonds also rose as investors grew cautious ahead of key U.S. growth data. ... more info

30 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK OBLIGATED GROUP (NEW HAMPSHIRE) 2009 REVS 'A+'; AFFIRMS OUTSTANDING
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'A+' ratings to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Obligated Group's expected issuance of $138.9 million series 2009 revenue bonds through the New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority. ... more info

30 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DETROIT DOWNTOWN DEV AUTH, MI $116.1MM TIF BONDS AT 'BBB'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the following Detroit Downtown Development Authority, Michigan bonds at 'BBB': ... more info

30 Jul 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS S-T RATING ON EL PASO, TEXAS ISD'S VAR RATE ULT SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS SER 04B
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to El Paso, Texas Independent School District's $36,730,000 variable-rate unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2004B . ... more info

30 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK'S $50MM REFUNDING GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings-New York-30 July 2009: Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Nassau County, NY's approximately $50 million general obligation 2009 refunding series E . The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiated sale on Aug. 6, 2009. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES STOCKTON PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY, CALIFORNIA'S WATER REVS 'A'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'A' rating to Stockton Public Financing Authority, California's approximately $177.1 million water revenue bonds, series 2009 . The 2009 bonds may be issued as two separate subseries, one tax-exempt and one taxable as Build America Bonds. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES COLUMBIA, MISSOURI'S SPECIAL OBLIGATIONS BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the city of Columbia, Missouri's $12,975,000 taxable special obligation improvement bonds , series 2009A . The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on Aug. 17, 2009. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES MET PIER & EXPO AUTH, ILLINOIS BONDS TO 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings downgrades the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Illinois' approximately $2.3 billion McCormick Place expansion project bonds to 'A+' from 'AA-'. The Rating Outlook is revised to Stable from Negative. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: APPEALS COURT REJECTS NC AMENDMENT CHALLENGE
A federal appeals court has ruled against four North Carolina residents who challenged a constitutional amendment that made it easier for local governments to issue bonds for construction projects. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION TO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA'S $1.05B 2009 TRANS 'F1+' RATING
SAN FRANCISCO----An error was found in the rating on Fitch's web site for the bonds listed below: ... more info

29 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES CLEVELAND, OHIO'S 2009C-D AIRPORT SYSTEM REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' underlying long-term rating to approximately $206 million of the City of Cleveland, Ohio's airport system revenue refunding bonds, series 2009C and 2009D, scheduled for negotiated sale the week of Aug. 24, 2009. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ILLINOIS' GO BONDS TO 'A' FROM 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the rating on $19.1 billion general obligation bonds of the State of Illinois two notches to 'A' from 'AA-'. The rating is removed from Rating Watch Negative, where it was placed April 9, 2009. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS BUILD ILLINOIS BONDS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA' rating on $2.1 billion of outstanding State of Illinois Build Illinois bonds . The Outlook is Stable. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CDA OF CITY OF CORONADO, CA'S TABS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the Community Development Agency of the City of Coronado, CA's 'A+' rating on approximately $138 million outstanding tax allocation bonds . ... more info

29 Jul 2009: FITCH UPGRADES METRO WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTH AIRPORT SYSTEM VRBS SER 2003D-2 TO 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings upgrades the rating of the $75,000,000 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority , airport system revenue variable-rate bonds series 2003D-2 to 'AAA/F1+' from 'AA/F1'. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: SHORT-TERM BONDS FALL AFTER WEAK AUCTION
Short-term Treasurys prices fell Wednesday after the government's $39 billion auction of 5-year notes received lukewarm demand. ... more info

29 Jul 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL ST. ENDS A CAUTIOUS DAY MIXED
Data reflecting less than improvement in housing and dented consumer confidence caused investors to curb their recent enthusiasm. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTH'S REVS AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's approximately $5 billion outstanding revenue bonds at 'AA'. The rating affirmation is being done in connection with the substitution of the irrevocable, direct-pay letter of credit provided by Regions Bank supporting the bonds with a LOC provided by Wachovia Bank, National Association, securing the bonds. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: FITCH TO DOWNGRADE S-T RATING OF COUNTY OF GUILFORD, NC VAR RATE GOS SER 07A&B TO 'F1'
NEW YORK----Effective July 30, 2009, Fitch Ratings will downgrade to 'F1' from 'F1+' the short-term component of the rating currently assigned to the $145,000,000 County of Guilford, North Carolina, variable-rate general obligation bonds consisting of $12,940,000 series 2007A bonds and $132,060,000 series 2007B bonds. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC'S $250MM GOS 'AAA', $166MM LOBS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA' to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina's estimated $250 million general obligation bonds, consisting of $100 million GO public improvement bonds series 2009B and $150 million GO refunding bonds, series 2009C. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: SALE OF NEW ORLEANS 'GO-ZONE' BONDS NOT GOING WELL
New Orleans got more than $1 billion for tax-free bonds to help spur development after Hurricane Katrina, but it's finding few takers amid a tight credit market and lingering jitters about investing here nearly four years after the storm. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (7/28/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the downgrade of the long- and short-term Issuer Default Ratings of Branch Banking and Trust Company , Fitch has downgraded municipal bonds supported by letters of credit and liquidity facilities provided by BB&T. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: FITCH RTS $2.5MM MARICOPA CO IDA, AZ (ROBERT & ANDREA VAN HOFWEGEN FAMILY, LLC) 2006 VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $2,500,000 Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority variable rate demand solid waste disposal revenue bonds , series 2006. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: FITCH TO DOWNGRADE CPCFA REVS (BLUE LINE TRANSFER, INC. PROJ) SER 1999A, 2001A & 2002A TO 'A/F1'
NEW YORK----On the effective date of July 29, 2009, Fitch Ratings will downgrade to 'A/F1' from 'AA-/F1+' the ratings assigned to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority , variable rate demand solid waste disposal revenue bonds , series 1999A, series 2001A and series 2002A. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE AUTHORITY'S OUTSTANDING $220.5MM REVS AT 'A'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A' Issuer Default Rating of the California Earthquake Authority and the 'A' rating on CEA's outstanding $220.5 million fixed-rate revenue bonds, which mature on July 20, 2016. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: ZIONS DIRECT COMPLETES 750TH ONLINE AUCTION
Zions Direct, the broker-dealer subsidiary of Zions First National Bank, today announced that it has completed 750 online auctions for a variety of investments, including FDIC-insured certificates of deposit , corporate and municipal bonds, and preferred stock, since February 2007. ... more info

28 Jul 2009: MARKETAXESS REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2009 DILUTED EPS OF $0.08 ON RECORD REVENUE OF $25.8 MILLION
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009. ... more info

27 Jul 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS CENTRAL PLAINS ENERGY PROJ AT 'A+' IN CONJUNCTION WITH AMENDMENTS TO THE TRANSACTION
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'A+' rating of $359 million Central Plains Energy Project gas project revenue bonds, series 2007A and 2007B upon the retirement of $138 million of the outstanding 2007B series and corresponding reduction in gas volumes expected to occur Aug. 3, 2009. ... more info

27 Jul 2009: WORRIES ABOUT INFLUX OF SUPPLY PRESSURES TREASURYS
Prices of government bonds fell Monday ahead of another round of Treasury auctions as traders worried that the latest issues might be met with weak demand. ... more info

27 Jul 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS GUILFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S 2007A&B VARIABLE RATE GOS AT 'AA+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'AA+' long-term rating assigned to two series of Guilford County, North Carolina's outstanding variable-rate general obligation bonds: ... more info

27 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES WEST CONTRA COSTA USD, CALIFORNIA'S $120MM GOS 'A-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to West Contra Costa Unified School District , California's $120 million 2009 general obligation bonds, consisting of election of 2005, series C, and election of 2005, series D . ... more info

27 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS STANFORD HOSPITAL & CLINICS' (CA) LT/ST RATINGS AT 'AA-/F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA-' long-term rating on Stanford Hospital and Clinics' approximately $832.6 million of bonds outstanding issued through the California Health Facilities Financing Authority . ... more info

27 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES JEA'S (FLORIDA) $57.285MM ELECTRIC SYSTEM SENIOR & SUB REVS 'AA-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to JEA's $51.655 million, fixed-rate, electric system revenue bonds series Three 2009B and 2009C. Fitch has also assigned a rating of 'AA-'to JEA's $5.63 million fixed-rate, electric system subordinated revenue bonds 2009E. ... more info

27 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MEDICORP HEALTH SYSTEM (VA) BONDS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A-' rating on approximately $272 million of outstanding bonds issued on behalf of MediCorp Health System , which are listed at the end of the release. ... more info

27 Jul 2009: CATASTROPHE BOND MARKET CONTINUES TO ADVANCE IN SECOND QUARTER OF 2009, ACCORDING TO GUY CARPENTER
NEW YORK----Aided by continued stabilization in the global financial markets, the catastrophe bond market continued to advance in the second quarter of 2009, according to a report issued today by Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, and GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp.* In the first half of 2009, nine catastrophe bonds were issued, accounting for aggregate risk capital of USD1.38 billion. ... more info

27 Jul 2009: DEBT DELUGE: BUSIEST WEEK IN 24 YEARS
Corporate bonds are staging a remarkable surge even as stocks dominate attention. ... more info

27 Jul 2009: LONG BONDS IN AUSTRALIA FIND FAVOR
Australia struck firm investor demand for its first auction of longer-dated bonds in six weeks, while analysts said an improving economic outlook could let the government pare its borrowing requirements. ... more info

26 Jul 2009: CORPORATE BONDS IN FAVOR
Stocks and corporate bonds are benefiting from the same upbeat mood on signs that the U.S. economy is winding toward the end of the recession. ... more info

26 Jul 2009: LONGER-DATED AUSTRALIA BONDS FIRM
Australia struck firm investor demand for its first auction of longer-dated bonds in six weeks, while analysts said an improving economic outlook could let the government pare its borrowing requirements. ... more info

25 Jul 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: LATEST EARNINGS CAUSE WALL STREET TO PAUSE
After a string of better-than-expected results, Microsoft and Amazon throw some cold water on the markets. ... more info

25 Jul 2009: ICICI BANK SAYS QUARTERLY PROFITS UP 20.6 PERCENT
ICICI Bank Ltd., India's largest private bank, said Saturday that its quarterly profit rose 20.6 percent, as it cut costs and boosted income from trading government bonds. ... more info

25 Jul 2009: CIT BEEFS UP TENDER; CHAPTER 11 POSSIBLE
CIT amended terms of a cash tender offer for $1 billion of bonds critical to its future, but it still faces the prospect of a Chapter 11 filing. ... more info

24 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CITY UTILITIES OF SPRINGFIELD, MO'S PUBLIC UTILITY REVS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri's public utility revenue bonds and electric system lease obligations at 'AA'. The outstanding $615 million series 2006 bonds are senior to $132 million of electric system lease obligations. ... more info

24 Jul 2009: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (7/24/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the downgrade of the long-term Issuer Default Rating of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Wachovia Bank, N.A., Fitch Ratings has taken various rating actions on the long-term ratings of municipal bonds with enhancement provided by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Wachovia Bank, N.A. ... more info

24 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA'S $135MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Cobb County, Georgia's $135 million water and sewerage improvement bonds, series 2009 . The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on July 28, 2009 with proceeds being used to fund various capital improvements of the county's water and sewer utility system . ... more info

24 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES SARASOTA COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT (FL) 2009A REVS 'AA-'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Sarasota County Public Hospital District's $102 million series 2009A bonds. Fitch also upgrades the unenhanced long-term ratings on all outstanding debt issued by the District to 'AA-' from 'A+'. ... more info

24 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MOUNTAIN REGIONAL WSSD, UT WATER REVS 'A'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Mountain Regional Water Special Service District, Utah's $10.5 million water revenue refunding bonds series 2009B. Concurrently, Fitch upgrades to 'A' from 'BBB' the rating on the district's $32.57 million of outstanding water revenue and refunding bonds, series 2003. ... more info

24 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE AUTH (WESTERN TURNPIKE) BNDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A+' rating on $145.2 million in outstanding Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Western Turnpike revenue bonds 1997 series A. The bonds are secured by a senior lien on net toll and other revenue generated by the Western Turnpike. ... more info

24 Jul 2009: STRUGGLING CIT ALTERS TENDER OFFER
CIT Group amended the terms of a cash tender offer for $1 billion of bonds, but it may not be enough to keep the ailing lender out of bankruptcy. ... more info

24 Jul 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: DOW CLOSES OVER 9,000; FIRST TIME SINCE JANUARY
A report showing that sales of existing homes rose 3.6 percent in June and a flurry of positive earnings reports fueled the surge. ... more info

23 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES SKOKIE, IL'S $40.2MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Village of Skokie, Illinois' $15,050,000 general obligation bonds, series 2009A and $22,155,000 taxable GO bonds , series 2009B, which are scheduled to sell on a negotiated basis the week of July 27, 2009. ... more info

23 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES SEATTLE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (WASHINGTON) 2009A REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the approximately $115 million 2009A fixed-rate revenue bonds issued by the Washington Health Care Facilities Authority on behalf of Seattle Children's Hospital . ... more info

23 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES CHERRY CREEK NORTH BID NO. 1, COLORADO'S GOS 'A-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'A-' rating to Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District No. 1 , Colorado's $9.25 million general obligation bonds, series 2009, scheduled to sell via negotiation the week of Aug. 3, 2009. ... more info

23 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER (IL) SERIES 2009 BONDS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the University of Chicago Medical Center's expected issuance of $225 million series 2009 revenue bonds through the Illinois Finance Authority: ... more info

30 Jun 2009: IT'S YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO SAVE!
Many owners of our country's bonds are worried that the federal government is spending like inebriated sailors on shore leave to try and get the nation out of this economic mess. ... more info

23 Jul 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES OF ENERGY PRODUCERS FALL AS OIL PRICES DROP
After recent gains, investors stepped back to reassess corporate profits and the global economy. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA METRO WATER DISTRICT'S $350MM WATER REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the following bonds for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California : ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD, TEXAS' $410MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the following schoolhouse bonds for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, TX : ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES $87.8MM S. JERSEY TA VAR RATE TRANS SYS REVS, 2009 SER A-3 'A+/F1+' & SER A-4 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to the South Jersey Transportation Authority variable rate transportation system revenue bonds: 'A+/F1+' to the $44,000,000 2009 series A-3 bonds; and 'AA-/F1+' to the $43,795,000 2009 series A-4 bonds. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS LA LANDSCAPING & LIGHTING DIST 96-1'S $29.4MM ASSESSMENT BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA' rating on $29.4 million Los Angeles Landscaping and Lighting District 96-1 assessment bonds, series 2000, 2001, and 2002. The Rating Outlook is revised to Negative from Stable. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RTES $42.5MM SAN LUIS OBISPO CNTY, CA PENSION BONDS 'AA-'; AFFS OUTSTANDING
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the County of San Luis Obispo , California's taxable pension obligation refunding bonds, 2009 series A. The bonds are scheduled to price in mid-August. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH ASSIGNS BANK BOND RATING TO IDAHO HOUSING AND FINANCE ASSOCIATION'S 2009 SER A&B CLASS I BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a bank bond rating of 'A+' to Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2009 series A and B class I variable-rate bonds. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS WATER POLLUTION TRUST POOL PROGRAM'S $223MM REV RFDG BONDS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to approximately $223 million Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust state revolving fund refunding bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are scheduled to price during the week of July 27 via negotiation. ... more info

21 Jul 2009: THE STOCKPICKERS: PORTFOLIO POWERS UP WITH RIM, TAKE-TWO, QUALCOMM
Most mutual-fund managers view cash in their portfolios as something to spend, not save. Even managers of balanced funds, which blend stocks and bonds, prefer to opt out of safe, low-yielding cash. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: IT'S YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO SAVE!
Many owners of our country's bonds are worried that the federal government is spending like inebriated sailors on shore leave to try and get the nation out of this economic mess. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA METRO WATER DISTRICT'S $350MM WATER REVS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the following bonds for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California : ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES CYPRESS-FAIRBANKS ISD, TEXAS' $410MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the following schoolhouse bonds for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, TX : ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES $87.8MM S. JERSEY TA VAR RATE TRANS SYS REVS, 2009 SER A-3 'A+/F1+' & SER A-4 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to the South Jersey Transportation Authority variable rate transportation system revenue bonds: 'A+/F1+' to the $44,000,000 2009 series A-3 bonds; and 'AA-/F1+' to the $43,795,000 2009 series A-4 bonds. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS LA LANDSCAPING & LIGHTING DIST 96-1'S $29.4MM ASSESSMENT BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA' rating on $29.4 million Los Angeles Landscaping and Lighting District 96-1 assessment bonds, series 2000, 2001, and 2002. The Rating Outlook is revised to Negative from Stable. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RTES $42.5MM SAN LUIS OBISPO CNTY, CA PENSION BONDS 'AA-'; AFFS OUTSTANDING
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the County of San Luis Obispo , California's taxable pension obligation refunding bonds, 2009 series A. The bonds are scheduled to price in mid-August. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH ASSIGNS BANK BOND RATING TO IDAHO HOUSING AND FINANCE ASSOCIATION'S 2009 SER A&B CLASS I BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a bank bond rating of 'A+' to Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2009 series A and B class I variable-rate bonds. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS WATER POLLUTION TRUST POOL PROGRAM'S $223MM REV RFDG BONDS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to approximately $223 million Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust state revolving fund refunding bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are scheduled to price during the week of July 27 via negotiation. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES LOS ANGELES, CA $176.5MM GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $176.5 million city of Los Angeles , CA's general obligation bonds, series 2009-A and 2009-B. These bonds are expected to sell competitively on Aug. 4, 2009 and Aug. 5, 2009 , and are payable from ad valorem property taxes. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FUNDQUEST EXPANDS ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS OFFERING WITH HEDGE-STYLE MUTUAL FUNDS, COMMODITIES, AND GLOBAL BONDS
BOSTON----FundQuest has adjusted its recommended allocation to include three additional asset classes on its open architecture platform for financial advisors. FundQuest, a leading managed account services provider, helps advisory firms to control costs and accelerate growth through outsourced technology, back-office, and investment research services. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS VARIOUS NJEDA RATINGS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its 'A+' long-term rating on certain maturities for the following New Jersey Economic Development Authority's bonds: ... more info

22 Jul 2009: RRI ENERGY ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF TENDER OFFER AT PAR FOR NOTES AND BONDS
HOUSTON----RRI Energy, Inc. today announced the results of its "Asset Sale Offer" to purchase at par up to $35,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the outstanding securities listed below. ... more info

21 Jul 2009: FITCH UPGRADES MA TURNPIKE AUTH'S METRO HIGHWAY SYSTEM JR REVS TO 'A'; AFFS SR REVS AT 'BBB+'
NEW DELHI----Fitch Ratings has upgraded to 'A' from 'BBB' the long-term rating on the following outstanding Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Metropolitan Highway System revenue bonds: ... more info

21 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS BEAUMONT ISD, TX'S SERIES 2004 ULTS AT 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying 'AA-' rating previously assigned to the series 2004 unlimited tax adjustable rate current interest refunding bonds and affirms the 'AA-' rating previously assigned to the district's approximately $297 million in outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

21 Jul 2009: THE STOCKPICKERS: PORTFOLIO POWERS UP WITH RIM, TAKE-TWO, QUALCOMM
Most mutual-fund managers view cash in their portfolios as something to spend, not save. Even managers of balanced funds, which blend stocks and bonds, prefer to opt out of safe, low-yielding cash. ... more info

22 Jul 2009: S&P REVERSES RATINGS AFTER DOWNGRADES
In a reversal in its evaluation of a clutch of mortgage bonds backed by commercial property, S&P raised the ratings on several securities it had downgraded a week ago. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: IT'S YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO SAVE!
Many owners of our country's bonds are worried that the federal government is spending like inebriated sailors on shore leave to try and get the nation out of this economic mess. ... more info

21 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ROSS VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT, CA, GO BONDS AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA' rating on Ross Valley School District, CA, $19 million outstanding general obligation bonds. The Outlook is Stable. ... more info

21 Jul 2009: FITCH UPGRADES PINELLAS COUNTY ED FACIL AUTH (FLORIDA) (SHORECREST PREP) 2007 VRDBS TO 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings upgrades the ratings assigned to the $12,000,000 Pinellas County Education Facilities Authority variable rate demand revenue and revenue refunding bonds , series 2007 to 'AA-/F1+' from 'BB-/B'. ... more info

21 Jul 2009: CATALYST REFINANCES $75M OF DEBT RELATED TO ENERGY JOINT VENTURE
Catalyst Paper announced today that its hydro joint venture, Powell River Energy Inc., has successfully raised $95 million of first mortgage bonds maturing in July 2016 to refinance $75 million of non-recourse debt due on July 24, 2009. ... more info

21 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES CENTRACARE HEALTH SYSTEM (MN) 2009A & 2008D BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'A' underlying ratings to the City of St. Cloud, Minnesota's expected issuance of health care revenue bonds consisting of: ... more info

21 Jul 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS YAVAPAI REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER'S SERIES 1997B & 2002 BONDS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings confirms its underlying 'BBB+' rating on approximately $16.4 in outstanding Industrial Development Authority of the County of Yavapai Hospital revenue bonds series 1997B, and the approximately $6.4 million in outstanding Arizona Health Facilities Authority hospital revenue bonds, series 2002. ... more info

21 Jul 2009: OWENSBORO MEDICAL HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF ITS 'MODIFIED DUTCH AUCTION' TENDER OFFER
Owensboro Medical Health System, Inc. today announced the results of its "Modified Dutch Auction" tender offer for a portion of the 2001 Series B and Series C Health System Variable Rate Revenue Bonds issued by the City of Owensboro, Kentucky, the proceeds of which were loaned to OMHS. ... more info

21 Jul 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: MARKETS, BUOYED BY LEADING INDICATORS, GAIN MOMENTUM
Upbeat investors welcomed reports that the CIT Group was close to securing enough financing to avoid bankruptcy. ... more info

20 Jul 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ST. JOSEPH COUNTY (INDIANA) GOS; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to St. Joseph County, Indiana's $5,350,000 million limited tax bridge refunding bonds , series 2009, scheduled to sell on a negotiated basis the week of July 27, 2009. ... more info

20 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES DARE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S UTILITIES SYSTEM REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' underlying rating to Dare County, NC's approximately $13 million utilities system revenue refunding bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on July 28, 2009 and will be used to refund all of the county's currently outstanding utilities system revenue bonds. ... more info

20 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY'S GOS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A' rating on Essex County, New Jersey's approximately $314.7 million in outstanding general obligation bonds and approximately $632.3 million county-guaranteed Essex County Improvement Authority bonds. ... more info

20 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DAYTON, OHIO'S AIRPORT REVENUE BONDS AT 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'BBB+' rating on approximately $38 million outstanding City of Dayton, Ohio airport revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. The bonds are payable from net revenues generated by the operations of Dayton International Airport . ... more info

20 Jul 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES OAKLEY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY'S (CALIFORNIA) $32.7MM SR. & SUB. LIEN TABS
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings downgrades the following Oakley Redevelopment Agency, California bonds issued on behalf of the Oakley Redevelopment Project Area: ... more info

20 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES LUBBOCK-COOPER ISD, TX'S $80MM ULT BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District , Texas' $80 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009 . In addition, Fitch assigns an initial 'A' rating to the district's $46 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds. ... more info

20 Jul 2009: ASSURED GUARANTY LTD. TO GUARANTEE DELISTED BONDS OF SUBSIDIARY FINANCIAL SECURITY ASSURANCE HOLDINGS LTD.
HAMILTON, Bermuda----Assured Guaranty Ltd. , the parent of Financial Security Assurance Holdings Ltd. , announced that the Company would fully and unconditionally guarantee the three series of FSAH debt obligations described in the chart below, in the same manner it guarantees debt obligations of its subsidiary Assured Guaranty US Holdings Inc., which are also not listed on an exchange. ... more info

19 Jul 2009: INVESTORS SNAP UP HUNGARY BONDS
Hungary raised $1.41 billion through the sale of bonds on international capital markets, marking a significant step in restoring the region's access to international finance. ... more info

18 Jul 2009: TAM LINHAS AEREAS S/A FIRST PUBLIC BOND ISSUANCE
NYSE: TAM, BOVESPA: TAMM4) TAM informs that its wholly owned subsidiary TAM Linhas Aereas S.A. will make its first public issuance, which by restriction will only be directed to qualified investors, in compliance with the Brazilian Securities Commission's Instruction N. 476, from January 16, 2009, consisting of 600 regular bonds, not convertible into shares, in a single series, in cash with a real guarantee, with a unitary par value of R$1,000,000.00, for a total amount of R$600,000,000.00, on July 24, 2009 and which will expire July 24, 2013. ... more info

18 Jul 2009: BUILD AMERICA BONDS BOOM
Washington's effort to jump-start the once-stagnant market for municipal debt has produced a program that continues to swallow new deals. ... more info

17 Jul 2009: CIT IN TALKS WITH JPMORGAN, GOLDMAN: SOURCE
CIT Group Inc is in talks with JPMorgan Chase & Co and Goldman Sachs Group Inc about short-term financing as it looks for ways to avoid bankruptcy, a source close to the company said on Friday, sending the lender's shares and bonds up. ... more info

17 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES COPPELL ISD, TEXAS' UNLIMITED TAX BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to Coppell Independent School District, TX's approximately $26.3 million unlimited tax school building and refunding bonds, series 2009A and unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2009B bonds. ... more info

17 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS PENN TURNPIKE COMMISSION L-T REVS AT 'A+'; STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the rating on the outstanding $2 billion of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission turnpike revenue bonds at 'A+'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. Fitch has not been asked to rate PTC's 2009 series A Build America Bonds . ... more info

17 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MARYLAND'S $485MM GOS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to up to $485 million State of Maryland general obligation bonds, state and local facilities loan of 2009, second series, consisting of: ... more info

17 Jul 2009: FITCH ISSUES RATINGS GUIDELINES FOR SPECIAL TAX BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings recently released a report on the rating guidelines for special tax bonds. Fitch defines special tax bonds as debt obligations secured by tax revenues but not by a general obligation pledge. ... more info

17 Jul 2009: FITCH TO REVISE L-T RATING ON NEW YORK LOCAL GOV'T ASSISTANCE CORP. 2003A-8V SUB LIEN RFDG BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will revise the 'AA+' long-term component and confirm the 'F1+' short-term component of the rating currently assigned to $40,885,000 New York Local Government Assistance Corporation series 2003A-8V subordinate lien refunding bonds. ... more info

17 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY TFA'S $900MM BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to $900 million New York City Transitional Finance Authority future tax secured bonds fiscal 2010 series A, consisting of $800 million subseries A-1 tax-exempt subordinate bonds and $100 million subseries A-2 taxable subordinate bonds. ... more info

17 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS NEW YORK LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE CORP. BONDS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying long-term 'AA-' rating on approximately $3.6 billion outstanding New York Local Government Assistance Corporation senior and subordinate lien bonds. ... more info

17 Jul 2009: CIT'S SHORT-DATED BONDS RALLY
CIT Group's short-dated bonds are sharply higher, while the cost of default protection on its debt remains at severely distressed levels. ... more info

16 Jul 2009: CIT BANKRUPTCY FEARS PUMMEL ITS BONDS AND SHARES
Escalating fears about a potential bankruptcy of embattled U.S. lender CIT Group caused its debt to sell off steeply on Thursday and its shares to plummet after it said government bailout talks had ended. ... more info

16 Jul 2009: FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION: CAPE CORAL, FL'S WATER & SEWER REVS 'A-'; SPECIAL ASSESSMENT BONDS TO 'BBB'
NEW YORK----As described in the press release dated March 25, 2009, Fitch Ratings has downgraded Cape Coral, FL's outstanding water and sewer revenue bonds and special assessment bonds as follows: ... more info

16 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA POLLUTION CONTROL FIN AUTH (B&B DAIRY, LLC) $8MM 2003 VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $8,000,000 California Pollution Control Financing Authority variable rate demand solid waste disposal revenue bonds , series 2003. ... more info

16 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES CALIFORNIA POLLUTION CONTROL (CARLOS ECHEVERRIA & SONS DAIRY) 2002 VRDBS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-/F1+' to the $3,500,000 California Pollution Control Financing Authority variable-rate demand solid waste disposal revenue bonds , series 2002. ... more info

16 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD'S $264MM SRF SUB LIEN REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA' to the Texas Water Development Board's $229,865,000 State Revolving Fund subordinate lien revenue bonds series 2009a, sub-series 2009a-1 and $33,850,000 subordinate lien revenue refunding bonds series 2009a, sub-series 2009A-2 . ... more info

16 Jul 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS THE 'AA+' RATING ON VERMONT MUNICIPAL BOND BANK (VT) 1972 GENERAL RESOLUTION BONDS
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings withdraws the 'AA+' rating for the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank's 1972 General Resolution general obligation bonds because they have been prerefunded. ... more info

16 Jul 2009: MUTUAL FUNDS: ANXIOUS SAVERS STOCK UP ON BONDS
Americans don’t much like to save, and we really don’t like savings forced on us. Still, we know the value of a dollar when we have to. ... more info

16 Jul 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: INTEL’S EARNINGS HELP DRIVE A RALLY
The market’s buoyant mood spread beyond technology as investors latched onto hopes that consumer spending may recover in time to give the economy a kick start. ... more info

16 Jul 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES CALIFORNIA ECON RECOVERY VRDBS SER 2004C-1 - C-5 TO 'F2'; WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the short-term rating of the California, State of economic recovery variable rate demand bonds series 2004C-2 and C-5 to 'F2', Rating Watch Negative from 'F1' and series 2004C-1, 2004C-3 and 2004C-4 to 'F2', Rating Watch Negative from 'F1+'. ... more info

16 Jul 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: INTEL’S EARNINGS HELP DRIVE A RALLY
The market’s buoyant mood spread beyond technology as investors latched onto hopes that consumer spending may recover in time to give the economy a kick start. ... more info

15 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS AZLE ISD, TEXAS' ULT GO BONDS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A+' rating on Azle Independent School District , Texas' approximately $26 million in unlimited tax refunding bonds . ... more info

15 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MAINE MUNICIPAL BOND BANK'S $94.5MM REVS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to Maine Municipal Bond Bank's $20,990,000 general tax exempt fund group bonds, series 2009C and $73,530,000 general tax exempt fund group bonds, series 2009D. ... more info

15 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA'S $100MM WATER & SEWER REV RFDG BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Charlotte, North Carolina's approximately $100 million water and sewer system revenue refunding bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to sell July 29, 2009 through negotiation. ... more info

15 Jul 2009: FITCH CONFIRMS $150MM KANSAS DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION, SERIES 2002C VRDBS S-T RATING AT 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Effective July 16, 2009, Fitch Ratings will confirm the short-term component of the rating currently assigned to the $150,000,000 State of Kansas Department of Transportation adjustable tender highway revenue refunding bonds at 'F1+', consisting of: ... more info

15 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES LONGVIEW, TEXAS' GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Longview, Texas' $11,250,000 general obligation bonds, series 2009. The bonds will be sold via competitive bid on July 23, 2009. ... more info

15 Jul 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (7/15/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the downgrade of Comerica Bank's long-term Issuer Default Rating to 'A', Rating Outlook Negative from 'A+' Rating Outlook Negative on July 1, 2009, Fitch Ratings has downgraded municipal bonds supported by letters of credit provided by Comerica Bank to 'A', Rating Outlook Negative, from 'A+', Rating Outlook Negative. ... more info

15 Jul 2009: AMERICANS LOOKING TO BONDS TO STASH AWAY SAVINGS
As Americans save more, as evidenced by the recent rise in the personal savings rate, many are expected to stash the cash in fixed-income investments after being burned by equities. They're open to putting their money to work in a broad range of vehicles as an alternative to stocks, observers note. ... more info

15 Jul 2009: INVESTING IN BONDS: 12 OF THE BEST RESOURCES FOR INVESTORS
WASHINGTON----Are you considering using bonds as a savings tool but don't feel you know enough about them? Are you looking to learn how bonds work and what returns you can get? Are you unsure whether to use bonds as part of a short- or long-term investment strategy? ... more info

15 Jul 2009: LSE CEO SEES OPPORTUNITY IN CORPORATE BONDS
The new CEO of the London Stock Exchange said it is too early to unveil a strategic plan for revamping the 300-year-old exchange. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES INDIANAPOLIS BOND BANK WATERWORKS BONDS 'A-' & DOWNGRADES OUTSTANDING; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, Indiana's $569.3 million bonds, series 2009A . Concurrently, Fitch downgrades to 'A-' from 'A+' the rating on $355.1 million of outstanding parity bonds, net of refunding. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES UTAH HOUSING CORP 2009 SERIES B SINGLE FAMILY CLASS I BONDS; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the following Utah Housing Corporation 2009 series B single-family mortgage bonds : ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES UTAH HOUSING CORP 2009 SERIES A SINGLE FAMILY CLASS I BONDS; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch rates the following Utah Housing Corporation 2009 series A single-family mortgage bonds : ... more info

14 Jul 2009: UPDATE: FITCH RATES SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA'S GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----On July 7, 2009 Fitch Ratings assigned an 'AA-' rating to Spotsylvania County, Virginia's approximately $28.1 million general obligation public improvement bonds, series 2009. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MILWAUKEE COUNTY, WISCONSIN'S $42MM GOS 'AA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Milwaukee County, Wisconsin's $24,775,000 taxable general obligation corporate purpose bonds, series 2009C and $17,250,000 GO promissory notes, series 2009D. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ROGUE VALLEY MANOR, OREGON AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings has affirmed its underlying 'A' rating to the $62,030,000 Hospital Facility Authority of the City of Medford, OR revenue bonds series 2007 and $16.1 million series 2002 bonds that have been converted to bank bonds with JP Morgan. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA'S $225.4MM GOS 'BBB+'; WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's $225.4 million general obligation bonds, series 2009A and placed the bonds on Rating Watch Negative, along with the underlying 'BBB+' rating on approximately $1.1 billion in outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL'S $100MM PROF'L SPORTS FRANCHISE FACILS TAX VRBS 'A' UNDERLYING
TAMPA, Fla.----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A' rating to Miami-Dade County, FL's $100,000,000 professional sports franchise facilities tax variable-rate revenue bonds , series 2009E. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES NORMAL, ILLINOIS' $16.1MM GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the following unlimited tax general obligation bonds for the Town of Normal, Illinois : ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (7/14/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the Jan. 22, 2009 downgrade of State Street Bank and Trust Company's long-term Issuer Default Rating to 'A+', Rating Watch Negative from 'AA-', Rating Outlook Negative and the subsequent affirmation of State Street Bank and Trust Company's long-term IDR at 'A+', Rating Outlook Stable on February 9, 2009, Fitch has downgraded the long-term ratings assigned to municipal bonds supported by letters of credit provided by State Street Bank and Trust. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: CHINA LIFTS BAN ON SOME BONDS
Shanghai Yuyuan will sell $73.2 million in exchange-traded bonds after Beijing lifted a moratorium. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC'S $120MM GOS 'AAA/F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina's $120,115,000 variable-rate general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009D. The GOs are scheduled to sell via negotiation on July 20, 2009. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: STONE & YOUNGBERG'S BENJAMIN J. BAUM SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds over the past five years,1 today announced that Victoria Chu has been awarded the Benjamin J. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: VIMPELCOM GROUP ISSUES RUBLE BONDS IN THE EQUIVALENT AMOUNT OF APPROXIMATELY $ 303 MILLION
Open Joint Stock Company "Vimpel-Communications" today announced that it has issued Russian ruble-denominated bonds through LLC VimpelCom-Invest, a consolidated Russian subsidiary of VimpelCom, in an aggregate principal amount of 10 billion Russian rubles, which is the equivalent of approximately $ 303 million at today's Central Bank of Russia exchange rate. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: ECB SAYS COVERED BOND PURCHASE AROUND EURO100 MILLION
The European Central Bank said Tuesday euro system central banks spent less than euro100 million in the first week of a program to purchase covered bonds from private banks. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: MARKETAXESS AWARDED U.S. PATENT FOR REQUEST FOR QUOTATION ELECTRONIC TRADING CAPABILITY
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced that it has been awarded a U.S. patent for its electronic request-for-quotation method and system for client-to-multi-dealer trading of debt securities on a secondary market. ... more info

14 Jul 2009: ASIAN STOCKS BENEFIT FROM BETTER MOOD ON BANKS
Asian stocks bounced on Tuesday as a rally in U.S. financial shares helped Japan break a long losing streak, while also reversing some of the recent safe-haven rush into the yen and sovereign bonds. ... more info

13 Jul 2009: MARKETAXESS TO HOST CONFERENCE CALL ANNOUNCING 2009 SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, will announce its 2009 second quarter results on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. ... more info

13 Jul 2009: NAVELLIER CONSULTS WITH ADVISORS ASSET MANAGEMENT, INC., IN UIT BOND OFFERING
RENO, Nev.----Navellier, a registered investment advisor that manages about $2.5 billion in a variety of portfolios for institutional and individual clients, today announced it has been engaged by Advisors Asset Management, Inc. as a consultant for the identification and selection of investment-grade bonds primarily rated BBB-/Baa3 for a series of Unit Investment Trusts offered by AAM, known as the Advisors Corporate Trust - Navellier/Dial High Income Opportunities Series. ... more info

13 Jul 2009: MINNESOTA SEEKS UNDERWRITERS TO SELL STATE BONDS
Minnesota is seeking underwriters for a potential negotiated sale of state bonds for taxpayer-backed construction and road projects under a new law later this year. ... more info

13 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES IOWA HEALTH SYSTEM'S (IOWA) 2009F&G REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-' ratings to the Iowa Finance Authority's expected issuance of approximately $50 million revenue bonds, series 2009F-G, issued on behalf of Iowa Health System . ... more info

13 Jul 2009: UNITED WATER CLOSES $65 MILLION UNSECURED TAX EXEMPT DEBT TO SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES
HARRINGTON PARK, N.J.----United Water, one of the largest providers of water and wastewater services in nation, announced today that its largest subsidiary, United Water New Jersey, has issued $65 million series 2009 bonds offered through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. ... more info

13 Jul 2009: KELLWOOD RESPONDS TO MEDIA REPORTS ON UPCOMING BOND MATURITY
ST. LOUIS----Kellwood Company, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of premier fashion brands responded today to recent media reports regarding maturity on outstanding bonds. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: KEY RATE UNCHANGED BY BANK OF ENGLAND
The bank kept its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 percent and stuck to its plan of buying bonds with newly printed money after recent data quashed earlier hopes of a recovery. ... more info

11 Jul 2009: CIT GROUP SHARES DIVE AS GOVERNMENT AID UNCERTAIN
Shares of commercial lender CIT Group Inc. plunged Friday as uncertainty mounts over whether it can get federal backing for its bonds. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES WESTERN RIVERSIDE WATER & WASTEWATER FIN AUTH REVS 'AA-'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING TO 'AA-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' to approximately $31.1 million Western Riverside Water and Wastewater Financing Authority revenue bonds, series 2009 . The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation on July 29, 2009. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS VARIOUS MICHIGAN TRANSPORTATION FUND BONDS AT 'AA-'; ASSIGNS STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following Michigan Transportation Fund bonds and notes at 'AA-'. In addition, Fitch has assigned a Stable Outlook. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES NEW HAMPSHIRE MUNI BOND BANK 1978 RESOLUTION BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank's approximately $27.95 million, 2009 series D non-guaranteed bonds, issued under the 1978 General Bond Resolution. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH CORRECTS VARIOUS RATINGS ON KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
CHICAGO----As described in the Rating Action Commentary dated June 25, 2009, Fitch Ratings downgraded the long-term rating assigned to Kansas City, Missouri's general obligation bonds to 'AA+' from 'AAA', and also downgraded the city's appropriation-supported bonds to 'AA-' from 'AA'. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE'S GOS AFFIRMED AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA-' rating on the city of Clarksville, TN's approximately $14 million of general obligation bonds, consisting of the following issues: ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES DORMITORY AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK MENTAL HEALTH BANK BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying long-term 'A+' rating to bank bonds corresponding to the following series of Dormitory Authority of the State of New York mental health services facilities improvement revenue bonds: ... more info

10 Jul 2009: CIT GROUP SHARES DIVE AS GOVERNMENT AID UNCERTAIN
Shares of commercial lender CIT Group Inc. plunged Friday as uncertainty mounts over whether it can get federal backing for its bonds. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES $200MM FLORIDA FULL FAITH & CREDIT RIGHT-OF-WAY BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Florida's approximately $200 million full faith and credit department of transportation right-of-way acquisition and bridge construction bonds, series 2009A, for bid on 18-hours notice as soon as July 13, 2009. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DORM AUTHORITY OF STATE OF NY LEASE REVS (SUNY FACILITIES) AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A+' unenhanced rating for approximately $728 million of outstanding Dormitory Authority of the State of New York lease revenue bonds rated by Fitch. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH TO CONFIRM S-T 'F1+' RATING & UPGRADE L-T RATING TO 'AAA' FOR DASNY REVS SER 03D-2E & 03D-2H
NEW YORK----On the effective date of July 13, 2009, Fitch Ratings will confirm the short-term 'F1+' rating and upgrade the long-term rating to 'AAA' from 'A+' for the currently outstanding Dormitory Authority of the State of New York , mental health services facilities improvement revenue bonds, $99,700,000 subseries 2003D-2E bonds and $50,000,000 subseries 2003D-2H bonds. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MICHIGAN STATE BLDG AUTHORITY'S $221MM REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the $221 million state of Michigan State Building Authority 2009 revenue refunding bonds, series I . The bonds are expected to be offered through negotiation on July 21. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISE VRBS SERIES 2009E 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $100,000,000 Miami-Dade County, Florida professional sports franchise facilities tax variable rate revenue bonds , series 2009E. ... more info

9 Jun 2009: : BUILD AMERICA BONDS BOOST MUNI-BOND MARKET
A small part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is dramatically impacting the municipal bond market, sparing investors from a glut of new issues and low prices. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: IT'S YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO SAVE!
Many owners of our country's bonds are worried that the federal government is spending like inebriated sailors on shore leave to try and get the nation out of this economic mess. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES WESTERN RIVERSIDE WATER & WASTEWATER FIN AUTH REVS 'AA-'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING TO 'AA-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' to approximately $31.1 million Western Riverside Water and Wastewater Financing Authority revenue bonds, series 2009 . The bonds are scheduled to sell via negotiation on July 29, 2009. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS VARIOUS MICHIGAN TRANSPORTATION FUND BONDS AT 'AA-'; ASSIGNS STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following Michigan Transportation Fund bonds and notes at 'AA-'. In addition, Fitch has assigned a Stable Outlook. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH CORRECTS VARIOUS RATINGS ON KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
CHICAGO----As described in the Rating Action Commentary dated June 25, 2009, Fitch Ratings downgraded the long-term rating assigned to Kansas City, Missouri's general obligation bonds to 'AA+' from 'AAA', and also downgraded the city's appropriation-supported bonds to 'AA-' from 'AA'. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE'S GOS AFFIRMED AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA-' rating on the city of Clarksville, TN's approximately $14 million of general obligation bonds, consisting of the following issues: ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES DORMITORY AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK MENTAL HEALTH BANK BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying long-term 'A+' rating to bank bonds corresponding to the following series of Dormitory Authority of the State of New York mental health services facilities improvement revenue bonds: ... more info

10 Jul 2009: CIT GROUP SHARES DIVE AS GOVERNMENT AID UNCERTAIN
Shares of commercial lender CIT Group Inc. plunged Friday as uncertainty mounts over whether it can get federal backing for its bonds. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES $200MM FLORIDA FULL FAITH & CREDIT RIGHT-OF-WAY BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Florida's approximately $200 million full faith and credit department of transportation right-of-way acquisition and bridge construction bonds, series 2009A, for bid on 18-hours notice as soon as July 13, 2009. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DORM AUTHORITY OF STATE OF NY LEASE REVS (SUNY FACILITIES) AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A+' unenhanced rating for approximately $728 million of outstanding Dormitory Authority of the State of New York lease revenue bonds rated by Fitch. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH TO CONFIRM S-T 'F1+' RATING & UPGRADE L-T RATING TO 'AAA' FOR DASNY REVS SER 03D-2E & 03D-2H
NEW YORK----On the effective date of July 13, 2009, Fitch Ratings will confirm the short-term 'F1+' rating and upgrade the long-term rating to 'AAA' from 'A+' for the currently outstanding Dormitory Authority of the State of New York , mental health services facilities improvement revenue bonds, $99,700,000 subseries 2003D-2E bonds and $50,000,000 subseries 2003D-2H bonds. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MICHIGAN STATE BLDG AUTHORITY'S $221MM REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the $221 million state of Michigan State Building Authority 2009 revenue refunding bonds, series I . The bonds are expected to be offered through negotiation on July 21. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISE VRBS SERIES 2009E 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the $100,000,000 Miami-Dade County, Florida professional sports franchise facilities tax variable rate revenue bonds , series 2009E. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES VERMONT MUNI BOND BANK'S $90.4MM 2009 BONDS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AAA' rating to approximately $64.7 million Vermont Municipal Bond Bank 2009 series 1 bonds and approximately $25.6 million 2009 series 2 refunding bonds issued under the bank's 1988 general bond resolution. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: FITCH RATES SCHERTZ, TEXAS' SERIES 2009 GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Schertz, Texas' $9.5 million general obligation and refunding bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the approximately $33 million in certificates of obligation and $24 million in GO bonds outstanding at 'AA-'. ... more info

10 Jul 2009: KEY RATE UNCHANGED BY BANK OF ENGLAND
The bank kept its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 percent and stuck to its plan of buying bonds with newly printed money after recent data quashed earlier hopes of a recovery. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : COMPANY APPLIES FOR BONDS TO REVIVE LA. THEME PARK
A startup company based in Baton Rouge on Thursday applied for $100 million in bonds to revive the shuttered Six Flags New Orleans theme park. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : TREASURYS FALL AS INVESTORS RETURN TO STOCK MARKET
Treasury prices slipped Thursday, a day after a big jump, as stock prices recovered. Results were solid from the week's final auction, this time of 30-year notes. But modest gains in stocks drew money away from bonds. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES WINTER HAVEN, FLORIDA'S REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on Winter Haven, Florida's $22,715,000 public improvement refunding revenue bonds, series 2007 and $7,450,000 sales tax revenue bonds, series 2002. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: FITCH AFFIRMS POLK COUNTY, FLORIDA'S UTILITY SYSTEM REVS AT 'A+'
TAMPA, Fla.----As part of ongoing surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A+' rating on the following utility system revenue bonds of Polk County, Florida : ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : COMPANY APPLIES FOR BONDS TO REVIVE NO THEME PARK
A startup company based in Baton Rouge on Thursday applied for $100 million in bonds to revive the shuttered Six Flags New Orleans theme park. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : MARKETAXESS' JUNE VOLUME CLIMBS TO $26.5 BILLION
MarketAxess Holdings Inc., an operator of an electronic-trading platform for corporate bonds and other fixed-income securities, said Thursday trading volume rose nearly 4 percent in June, helped by a rise in eurobonds. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES CHICAGO BOARD OF EDUCATION, ILLINOIS' $82.2MM GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the Chicago Board of Education, Illinois' $82,185,000 unlimited tax general obligation refunding bonds , series 2009D. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on or about July 16, 2009. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES WAKEMED HEALTH SYSTEM (NC)'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA-' to the $81,780,000 million series 2009C health care facility revenue refunding bonds issued through the North Carolina Medical Care Commission for the benefit of WakeMed. ... more info

9 Jul 2009: BANK OF ENGLAND LEAVES KEY RATE UNCHANGED
The bank kept its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 percent and stuck to its plan of buying bonds with newly printed money after recent data quashed earlier hopes of a recovery. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : FITCH RTS NORTH CAROLINA MED CARE COMM. HEALTH CARE FACIL. BONDS (WAKEMED) SER 2009C 'AA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA/F1+' to the North Carolina Medical Care Commission Health Care Facilities' $81,780,000 revenue refunding bonds , series 2009C . In addition, the 'AA' long-term rating is placed on Rating Watch Negative. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZONA'S MPC EXCISE TAX REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Bullhead City, Arizona Municipal Property Corporation $18.2 million excise tax revenue and refunding bonds, series 2009. Bond proceeds will be used primarily for sewer improvements, and to refund $7.7 million in series 1996 and series 1998 excise tax revenue bonds. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS BUFFALO FISCAL STABILITY AUTHORITY, NY'S SALES TAX & STATE AID SECURED BONDS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA' rating on the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority's outstanding $151.8 million sales tax and state aid secured bonds . ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : RISING LIABILITIES DRIVE FUNDING STATUS OF U.S. PENSIONS LOWER IN JUNE, ACCORDING TO BNY MELLON ASSET MANAGEMENT
Falling yields on long Aa corporate bonds drove liabilities higher, causing the funded status of a typical U.S. corporate pension plan to decline by 5.7 percentage points in June, according to monthly statistics published by BNY Mellon Asset Management. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR JUNE 2009
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for June 2009 of $26.5 billion, consisting of $15.5 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $5.3 billion in eurobond volume, and $5.7 billion in other volume. ... more info

9 Jul 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: WALL STREET ENDS THE DAY MIXED
As stock markets wavered on Wednesday, oil prices fell to their lowest point in six weeks on signs that fuel stockpiles are growing and demand continues to dwindle. ... more info

9 Jul 2009 : CIT URGES FDIC ON ISSUE OF GUARANTEED DEBT: REPORT
CIT Group Inc , a commercial U.S. lender struggling to finance its business, is pressing U.S. regulators to allow it to issue government-backed bonds to allay concerns over its financial health, the Financial Times reported on its website late on Wednesday. ... more info

8 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS YUMA, ARIZONA'S GOS AT 'A+' & IMPROV DIST BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its ratings of Yuma, AZ's general obligation bonds and special assessment revenue bonds outstanding as follows: ... more info

8 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES WASHINGTON'S $765MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $765 million State of Washington general obligation bonds scheduled to sell competitively on July 14, 2009. The offering consists of three series, which will be bid separately as follows: ... more info

8 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES PALESTINE ISD, TX'S $64MM ULT BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings initially assigns an 'A' rating to Palestine Independent School District , Texas' $64 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009 . In addition, Fitch assigns an initial 'A' rating to the district's $2.9 million in outstanding maintenance tax notes. ... more info

8 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES COOK COUNTY, IL'S BANK BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to prospective bank bonds corresponding to Cook County, Illinois' taxable general obligation variable-rate bonds, series 2002A. In addition, Fitch affirms the county's rating of 'AA-' on approximately $2.9 billion of outstanding GO debt. ... more info

8 Jul 2009 : FITCH CONFIRMS COOK COUNTY, IL $112.9MM SERIES 2002A VRDBS S-T RATING AT 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the short-term component of the rating currently assigned to the County of Cook, Illinois' $112,900,000 taxable general obligation variable rate bonds, series 2002A at 'F1+'. ... more info

8 Jul 2009 : SINGAPORE BANS 10 FIRMS FROM SELLING RISKY BONDS
Singapore's central bank has banned some of the island's biggest financial institutions from selling structured notes after they improperly marketed $367 million of the bonds that were linked to Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. ... more info

7 Jul 2009: CALIFORNIA DEBT TEMPTS BARGAIN HUNTERS
Professional portfolio managers are almost united in the view that California unquestionably will pay its debts, and the state's bonds not only are a buy, but also may be an even better bargain if the headlines get worse. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS YUMA, AZ'S MPC EXCISE TAX REVS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the following Yuma, AZ's Municipal Property Corporation municipal facilities revenue bonds at 'A+': ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS YUMA MUNICIPAL PROPERTY CORP.'S (ARIZONA) UTILITY SYSTEM REVS AT 'A'
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its 'A' rating on Yuma Municipal Property Corporation , Arizona's $130 million senior lien utility system revenue bonds, series 2007. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS NCMC, INC. REVS AT 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed its 'A+' rating on approximately $186.4 million in Colorado Health Facilities Authority revenue bonds outstanding issued on behalf of NCMC, Inc. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH UPGRADES ALLEGHENY CNTY HOSP DEV AUTH SERIES 1990A-D REVS L-T RTG TO 'AA+'; CONFIRMS 'F1+' S-T
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the short-term 'F1+' rating and upgrades the long-term rating to 'AA+' from 'AA-' for the currently outstanding $72,900,000 Allegheny County Hospital Development Authority, health center revenue bonds, series 1990A-D . ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT'S $122.6MM SRF REFUNDING REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the State of Connecticut state revolving fund $122.64 million refunding general revenue bonds 2009 series C. The bonds are scheduled to price on July 9, 2009 via negotiation. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES DANBURY, CONNECTICUT'S 2009 GOS 'AA+' & GO BANS 'F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the city of Danbury, CT's $20 million of general obligation bonds, issue of 2009, and an 'F1+' rating to the city's $48 million of GO bond anticipation notes . ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES DANVILLE, VIRGINIA'S $12.4MM GOS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to Danville, Virginia's estimated $12.4 million general obligation bonds , series 2009C. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on July 16, with proceeds to finance capital improvements to the city's water, sewer, gas, electric, and telecommunications operations. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES POLK COUNTY SCHOOL, FL'S COPS 'A'; DOWNGRADES SALES TAX REV BONDS TO 'A-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A' rating to the School Board of Polk County, Florida's approximately $46,825,000 certificates of participation , series 2009A and $37,050,000 COPs series 2009B . ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA'S $54MM GOS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the City of Lynchburg , Virginia's approximately $53.7 million general obligation public improvement bonds, consisting of $46.1 million GO public improvements bonds, series 2009A and $7.6 million GO public improvement refunding bonds, series 2009B. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES UNIV OF COLORADO HOSPITAL AUTH SER 2009A BONDS 'A'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING BONDS TO 'A'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the University of Colorado Hospital Authority's expected issuance of $53.6 million of series 2009A refunding revenue bonds and has upgraded to 'A' from 'A-' the outstanding and underlying ratings on approximately $542 million of bonds outstanding. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION TO PA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FIN AUTH BONDS FOR ALLEGHENY ENERGY SUPPLY PROJ
NEW YORK----An error was found in the rating on Fitch's web site for the bond listed below: ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VIRGINIA'S $28.1MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Spotsylvania County, Virginia's approximately $28.1 million general obligation public improvement bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on July 14, 2009 with bond proceeds funding various transportation projects and new circuit court and public safety buildings. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH: U.S. BOND AND LOAN RECOVERIES SINK AS DEFAULT RATE HITS 9.5% IN JUNE 2009
NEW YORK----Recovery rates on defaulted U.S. bonds and loans have dropped sharply in 2009, averaging just 21.8% and 57.5%, respectively, according to a new Fitch Ratings study. This occurred as the U.S. high yield default rate - which a year ago stood at just 2.4% on an annual basis - soared to 9.5% in the first six months of 2009. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : STONE & YOUNGBERG GROWS NATIONAL PRESENCE WITH PROMINENT NEW HIRES IN NORTHEAST
SAN FRANCISCO----Stone & Youngberg LLC, a leading financial services firm and the nation's top underwriter of California municipal bonds over the past five years,1 today announced that it will expand business in the Northeast and nationwide with four key new hires, all of whom will be based in the firm's New York office. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN'S REFUNDING GO AND MTF BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to the following East Lansing, Michigan bonds. The Rating Outlook on all bonds is Stable. ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : OBAMA SENDS VIDEO BACKING CHICAGO 2016 OLYMPIC BID
President Barack Obama renewed his support for Chicago's Olympic bid Tuesday, telling African Olympic leaders in a video message the 2016 Games would give America the chance to "renew our bonds of friendship around the world." ... more info

7 Jul 2009 : STANDARD & POOR'S AND FITCH RATINGS ASSIGN STELLAR CREDIT RATING TO CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.----The City of West Hollywood has been assigned an 'AAA' for the City's credit rating, which is the highest attainable rating possible and an 'AA +' rating for lease bonds by Standard & Poor's . ... more info

6 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES SPRINGFIELD METRO SANITARY DIST., IL GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial rating of 'AA-' to the Springfield Metro Sanitary District, Illinois' $18.8 million general obligation bonds , series 2009A, which are scheduled for a competitive sale on July 8, 2009. ... more info

6 Jul 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES STATE OF CALIFORNIA GOS TO 'BBB'; MAINTAINS RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the state of California's long-term general obligation bond rating to 'BBB' from 'A-'. The bonds remain on Rating Watch Negative. The rating action affects the state's GOs and lease appropriation and related bonds as detailed at the end of this release. ... more info

6 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES FORT BEND ISD'S (TEXAS) ULT 2009 BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA' rating to Fort Bend Independent School District , Texas' $175 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009 and approximately $95.8 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2009, scheduled to sell via negotiation on July 9, 2009. ... more info

6 Jul 2009 : FEW DETAILS FROM ECB ON DAY 1 OF BOND BUY
The European Central Bank offered little detail about the first day of its new program to by covered bonds from banks but analysts expected the program to help the struggline euro area economy. ... more info

6 Jul 2009 : TREASURYS MOSTLY RISE ON ECONOMIC JITTERS
Treasurys were mixed Monday, with prices for 30-year bonds falling ahead of this week's auctions and prices for most other maturities rising as investors flocked to the relative safety of U.S. debt. ... more info

2 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS HOSPITAL SISTERS SERVICES, ILLINOIS' OUTSTANDING BONDS AT 'AA-/F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA-' unenhanced rating for Hospital Sisters Services, Inc.'s approximate $588 million of Illinois Finance Authority and Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds. ... more info

2 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES CASA GRANDE, ARIZONA'S SERIES 2009 GOS 'AA-'; UPGRADES EXCISE TAX REVS TO 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA-' rating to the City of Casa Grande, Arizona's $19 million general obligation bonds, series 2009, and approximately $11 million in outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

9 Jun 2009: : BUILD AMERICA BONDS BOOST MUNI-BOND MARKET
A small part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is dramatically impacting the municipal bond market, sparing investors from a glut of new issues and low prices. ... more info

1 Jul 2009: TREASURY PRICES MIXED
Prices for long-term Treasury bonds fell Wednesday after economic reports on manufacturing and housing gave investors reason to seek higher returns in the stock market. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: IT'S YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO SAVE!
Many owners of our country's bonds are worried that the federal government is spending like inebriated sailors on shore leave to try and get the nation out of this economic mess. ... more info

3 Jul 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: MARKETS FALL AFTER JOBS REPORT
Wall Street ended the week with a sharp decline, spurred by the June jobless report. The Dow fell by more than 220 points. ... more info

2 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS HOSPITAL SISTERS SERVICES, ILLINOIS' OUTSTANDING BONDS AT 'AA-/F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA-' unenhanced rating for Hospital Sisters Services, Inc.'s approximate $588 million of Illinois Finance Authority and Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority revenue bonds. ... more info

2 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES CASA GRANDE, ARIZONA'S SERIES 2009 GOS 'AA-'; UPGRADES EXCISE TAX REVS TO 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA-' rating to the City of Casa Grande, Arizona's $19 million general obligation bonds, series 2009, and approximately $11 million in outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

2 Jul 2009 : FITCH ASSIGNS 'AA-' BANK BOND RATING TO JEA'S (FLORIDA) SERIES THREE 2008A VRDBS; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-' long-term bank bond ratings to the estimated $100,000,000 JEA variable rate electric system revenue bonds series three 2008A. The variable bonds are currently not in bank bond mode, and are rated 'AA-/F1' by Fitch. ... more info

2 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS SOUTH WEBER, UT'S SALES TAX REVS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'A' rating on the City of South Weber, Utah's $1.4 million sales tax revenue bonds, series 2004. The Rating Outlook is Stable. ... more info

2 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES WAKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA'S $160MM LOBS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an initial 'AA+' rating to Wake County, North Carolina's approximately $159.9 million limited obligation bonds , series 2009. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on July 22, 2009. ... more info

2 Jul 2009 : ECB HOLDS RATES, TO START BUYING BONDS NEXT WEEK
The European Central Bank kept euro zone interest rates at 1.0 percent on Thursday, bolstering expectations they will stay there well into next year, and said it would start buying bonds next week. ... more info

2 Jul 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: MARKET MOVES HIGHER AFTER MIXED ECONOMIC DATA
Major U.S. indexes rose more than 1 percent after reports showing stabilization in manufacturing activity in the United States and Europe and a monthly rise in U.S. pending home sales. ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES CORPUS CHRISTI ISD, TEXAS' $23MM ULT BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA' rating to Corpus Christi Independent School District , Texas' $23 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009-A. In addition, Fitch affirms the district's approximately $214 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds at 'AA'. ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH'S OUTSTANDING SALES TAX & LEASE REVS
SAN FRANCISCO----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms West Valley City, Utah's approximately $41 million of sales tax revenue bonds and West Valley City Municipal Building Authority, Utah's approximately $54 million of lease revenue bonds as follows: ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : FITCH UPGRADES STATEN ISLAND UNIV HOSPITAL, NY, BONDS TO 'BB+'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded to 'BB+' from 'B+' the rating on approximately $47.1 million of the following New York City Industrial Development Agency civic facility revenue bonds, : ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES IDAHO HOUSING & FINANCE ASSOCIATION'S 2009 SERIES A SINGLE FAMILY BONDS; STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2009 series A: ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES IDAHO HOUSING AND FINANCE ASSOC'S 2009 SERIES B SINGLE-FAMILY BONDS; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to Idaho Housing and Finance Association's single-family mortgage bonds, 2009 series B: ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS NORTH SHORE-LIJ, NY BONDS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A-' rating to the estimated $400 million Dormitory Authority State of New York hospital revenue bonds series 2009 to be issued for the benefit of North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System and also affirms the 'A-' rating on the system's approximately $890 million of outstanding debt. ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : FITCH CONFIRMS NORTH CAROLINA TURNPIKE AUTH'S SYSTEM REVS, TIFIA LOAN & APPROPRIATION REVS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the 'BBB-' rating on the North Carolina Turnpike Authority's approximately $273.9 million Triangle Expressway System senior lien revenue bonds consisting of: ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : FITCH TAKES RATING ACTIONS ON 19 U.S. RMBS NIM TRANSACTIONS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken various rating actions on 53 bonds in 19 U.S. RMBS net interest margin transactions. ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : FITCH RATES SCHOOL BLDG AUTHORITY OF WEST VIRGINIA $30MM EXCESS LOTTERY REVS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the School Building Authority of West Virginia's approximately $30 million excess lottery revenue bonds, series 2009A, expected to be offered through negotiation the week of July 20, 2009. ... more info

9 Jun 2009: : BUILD AMERICA BONDS BOOST MUNI-BOND MARKET
A small part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is dramatically impacting the municipal bond market, sparing investors from a glut of new issues and low prices. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: CREDIT MARKETS: CORPORATE BONDS HAVE ROOM TO RUN IN SECOND HALF
Investors see room for more gains in corporate bonds through the end of the year if the economic recovery turns out tepid and with U.S. company debt still paying much higher yields than Treasurys. ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : RUSSIA TO RECAPITALISE ITS BANKS
The government will issue $14.7bn in bonds this year and next as part of recapitalisation plans to help the banking sector brace against a surge in bad loans ... more info

1 Jul 2009: TREASURY PRICES MIXED
Prices for long-term Treasury bonds fell Wednesday after economic reports on manufacturing and housing gave investors reason to seek higher returns in the stock market. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: IT'S YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO SAVE!
Many owners of our country's bonds are worried that the federal government is spending like inebriated sailors on shore leave to try and get the nation out of this economic mess. ... more info

1 Jul 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: IN 2ND QUARTER, STOCKS GAINED, BUT FOR HOW LONG?
Wall Street finished its best quarter in years on Tuesday, but it would take almost three more rallies to return markets to where they were before the financial crisis. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: MCGRANE GREENFIELD LLP FILES CLASS ACTION ON BEHALF OF HOLDERS OF 2007 COPIA BONDS; ANNOUNCES UPCOMING CLASS DEADLINE
The law firms of McGrane Greenfield, LLP and Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a class of persons or entities that hold a derivative interest as of June 10, 2009 in bonds issued by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, referred to as Refunding Revenue Bonds, Series 2007A and Series 2007B (COPIA: ... more info

30 Jun 2009: VENEZUELA TO SELL $5B IN BONDS TO OFFSET OIL DROP
President Hugo Chavez's government plans to use bond sales to raise more than $5 billion by September, saying the proceeds will be used to bolster the economy as falling world oil prices shrink its revenues. ... more info

1 Jul 2009 : RUSSIA TO RECAPITALISE ITS BANKS
The government will issue $14.7bn in bonds this year and next as part of recapitalisation plans to help the banking sector brace against a surge in bad loans ... more info

30 Jun 2009: FITCH UPGRS SANTA MONICA REDEV AGENCY, CA (OCEAN PARK REDEV PROJ) $12.5MM BONDS TO 'A-'
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings upgrades to 'A-' from 'BBB+' $12.5 million of outstanding Santa Monica Redevelopment Agency Ocean Park Redevelopment Projects tax allocation bonds, series 2002. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER (ILLINOIS) SERIES 2009C&D BONDS 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' rating to approximately $200 million of Illinois Finance Authority revenue bonds series 2009C&D . In addition, Fitch affirms the 'A-' rating on the outstanding Rush University Medical Center Obligated Group revenue bonds. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS STATE OF KANSAS DOT REV BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the underlying long-term rating of 'AA' on $1.7 billion outstanding State of Kansas Department of Transportation revenue bonds, including $150,000,000 adjustable tender highway revenue refunding bonds series 2002C that consist of three sub-series, 2002C-1 through 2002C-3, each in the amount of $50,000,000. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES PHILADELPHIA, PA'S $83.665MM 2005B WTR & WASTEWATER REV RDFG BDS L-T; CONFIRMS S-T
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades the long-term rating from 'AA+' to 'A+' and confirms the 'F1+' short-term rating assigned to the $83,665,000 City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, water and wastewater variable rate revenue refunding bonds, series 2005B. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES FORNEY ISD, TEXAS ULT 2009 BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Forney Independent School District , Texas' $2.1 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2009 and $3 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON NEW YORK COUNTIES TOBACCO TRUST V SERIES 2005
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings upgrades two classes of capital appreciation bonds from New York Counties Tobacco Trust V Series 2005, as follows: ... more info

30 Jun 2009: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON SILICON VALLEY TOBACCO SECURITIZATION AUTHORITY, SERIES 2007
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms two, upgrades one, and downgrades three classes from Silicon Valley Tobacco Securitization Authority, tobacco settlement asset-backed bonds , series 2007, as follows: ... more info

30 Jun 2009: CREDIT MARKETS: CORPORATE BONDS HAVE ROOM TO RUN IN SECOND HALF
Investors see room for more gains in corporate bonds through the end of the year if the economic recovery turns out tepid and with U.S. company debt still paying much higher yields than Treasurys. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: TREASURYS WIND DOWN TOUGH QUARTER
Prices of most Treasurys were down modestly on the last trading day of the second quarter, though bonds recouped most early losses Tuesday afternoon in a volatile session. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: IT'S YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO SAVE!
Many owners of our country's bonds are worried that the federal government is spending like inebriated sailors on shore leave to try and get the nation out of this economic mess. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: IT'S YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY TO SAVE!
Many owners of our country's bonds are worried that the federal government is spending like inebriated sailors on shore leave to try and get the nation out of this economic mess. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CALIFORNIA COUNTY TSA'S (LOS ANGELES COUNTY) SERIES 2006
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms seven classes of tobacco settlement asset-backed bonds from California County Tobacco Securitization Agency series 2006, as follows: ... more info

30 Jun 2009: RESEARCH AND MARKETS: THE FUTURE OF UK INVESTMENT BONDS 2009 - PROVIDER ABILITY TO SUPPLY GUARANTEED BONDS WILL CAUSE SALES OF GUARANTEED BONDS TO DECLINE IN 2009
DUBLIN----Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "The Future of UK Investment Bonds 2009" report to their offering. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: ASIA FIRMS FLOCK TO BONDS
Asian companies and governments are increasingly raising money by selling bonds on the international and local bond markets. ... more info

30 Jun 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: S.&P. 500 STAYS ON TRACK FOR A STRONG QUARTER
Markets rose as higher oil prices lifted energy shares and speculation grew that the recession was easing. ... more info

29 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFS NEW JERSEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTH (CRANE'S MILL) BONDS AT 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the following New Jersey Economic Development Authority bonds at 'BBB-': ... more info

29 Jun 2009: INVESTORS PUT FAITH IN ARGENTINA AFTER VOTE
Investors sent Argentine bonds soaring, and bid up the local currency and stocks, after the ruling coalition suffered a significant setback in midterm congressional elections. ... more info

29 Jun 2009: ASIA BORROWERS STRIKE WHILE IRON IS HOT
Asian companies and governments are increasingly raising money by selling bonds on the international and local bond markets. ... more info

29 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES MESQUITE ISD, TEXAS' ULT BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Mesquite Independent School District, Texas' $25 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the district's approximately $435 million in outstanding unlimited tax bonds at 'AA'. ... more info

29 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CENTRAL VALLEY FINANCING & SACRAMENTO COGEN AUTH'S 2009 COGEN PROJ REV RFDG BDS 'A'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to the Central Valley Financing Authority's and the Sacramento Cogeneration Authority's proposed issuance of $49.2 million and $59.1 million, respectively, series 2009 cogeneration project revenue refunding bonds. ... more info

29 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND'S $49MM RFDG GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to Anne Arundel County, Maryland's estimated $48.9 million general obligation bonds , 2009 refunding series. The GOs consist of $30.17 million consolidated general improvements series, 2009 refunding series and $18.69 million consolidated water and sewer bonds series, 2009 refunding series. ... more info

28 Jun 2009: CONVERTIBLE-BOND CONVERTS
The global rise in stocks has translated into greater interest in convertible bonds on both sides of the Atlantic. ... more info

27 Jun 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: U.S. SAVINGS RATE AT HIGHEST POINT IN 15 YEARS
Tax cuts and increases on Social Security checks lifted personal incomes in May, but it appears that many people are putting that money away instead of spending it. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES $150MM PROVIDENCE HEALTH & SERVICES, CA' SERIES 2009B REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'AA' long-term rating to the expected issuance of $150 million California Health Facilities Financing Authority revenue bonds series 2009B . ... more info

26 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES GASTONIA, NORTH CAROLINA'S $23MM WATER & SEWER REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the City of Gastonia, North Carolina's $23,035,000 combined utilities system revenue refunding bonds, series 2009 . The bonds are expected to price via negotiated sale on July 23. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: ALLEGHENY ENERGY ANNOUNCES $235 MILLION TAX-EXEMPT BOND ISSUANCE
GREENSBURG, Pa.----Allegheny Energy, Inc. announced today the issuance of $235 million of tax-exempt bonds with a coupon of 7.00 percent and a 30-year maturity. The bonds will be issued by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority for the benefit of Allegheny Energy Supply Company, LLC. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CASA GRANDE, AZ SERIES 2009 GOS 'AA-'; UPGRADES EXCISE TAX REVS TO 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA-' rating to the City of Casa Grande, Arizona's $19 million general obligation bonds, series 2009, and approximately $11 million in outstanding general obligation bonds. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES OHIO SCHOOL DISTRICT CREDIT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Consistent with the recent downgrade of the State of Ohio's general obligation and appropriations debt ratings, Fitch Ratings downgrades the ratings on outstanding bonds issued under the Ohio School District Credit Enhancement Program to 'AA-' from 'AA'. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (6/26/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the downgrade on June 24, 2009 of Synovus Financial Corporation and its subsidiary banks' long- and short-term Issuer Default Ratings to 'BB-/B' from 'BBB/F2', Fitch Ratings downgrades certain municipal bonds that are supported by letters of credit provided by Synovus Financial Corporation's subsidiary banks to 'BB-/B' from 'BBB/F2'. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: MYSTERY OF FAKE U.S. BONDS FUELS WEB THEORIES
The Internet has been abuzz with theories about attempts to smuggle a purported $134.5 billion in government bearer bonds into Switzerland. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: DOLLAR SLIDES AGAINST EURO
The dollar is down against the euro after comments from China's central bank and as the spread between U.S. and German bonds favors the euro. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: ITALY INTERCEPTS BILLIONS IN FAKE TREASURIES
The Internet has been abuzz with theories about attempts to smuggle a purported $134.5 billion in government bearer bonds into Switzerland. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: MARKETS MIXED AFTER FED’S RATE DECISION
Some investors had hoped the Federal Reserve would do more to revive the economy. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: RETAIL SHARES PROPEL RALLY ON WALL STREET
Wall Street moved sharply higher on the back of several positive earnings reports. ... more info

26 Jun 2009: VENEZUELAN OIL COMPANY TO SELL $3B IN DEBT BONDS
Venezuela's state-run oil company announced Thursday that it will sell up to $3 billion in bonds that authorities say will ease exchange rate pressures and allow the company to pay down debts. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI'S GOS TO 'AA+'; RATES APPROPRIATION BONDS 'AA-'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Kansas City, Missouri's approximately $53 million special obligation bonds , series 2009E. The bonds are expected to sell on a negotiated basis the week of July 7, 2009. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES NEW ORLEANS SWR & WTR BD RFDG BONDS 'BBB-', OUTLOOK REVISED TO STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB-' rating to the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, LA $24.5 million sewerage service refunding bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'BBB-' rating on the board's $160.7 million in outstanding sewer revenue bonds. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION TO JACKSONVILLE, FL'S BETTER JACKSONVILLE SALES TAX BONDS SERIES 2001
NEW YORK----An error was found in the rating on Fitch Ratings' web site for the following bond: ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CULBERSON COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT, TEXAS' $6.8MM LTGO BONDS 'BBB-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'BBB-' rating to the Culberson County Hospital District, Texas' $6.8 million limited tax general obligation bonds, series 2009, and the $700,000 in outstanding limited tax bonds. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES MAINE MUNICIPAL BOND BANK'S $105MM TRANSCAP REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Maine Municipal Bond Bank's $105 million transportation infrastructure revenue bonds series 2009A. The bonds are expected to sell through negotiation July 8, 2009 and are due Sept. 1, 2010-2023. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES BERKS CO. MUNI AUTH'S (READING HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CTR) 2009A-4&A-5 BONDS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned 'AA-/F1+' long- and short-term ratings to approximately $150 million Berks County Municipal Authority variable-rate demand revenue bonds , series 2009A-4 and 2009A-5 . ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES EL PASO ISD, TX $12MM ULT RFDG BONDS 'AA-'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING DEBT
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA-' rating to $12.1 million of El Paso Independent School District , TX' unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2009, which are expected to sell as early as the week of June 29 via negotiated sale. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES BOWIE, MARYLAND'S $15.5MM GO BONDS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA+' rating to Bowie, Maryland's approximately $15.5 million general obligation public improvement bonds of 2009. The bonds are secured by the city's full faith and credit and are payable from an unlimited ad valorem tax on all taxable property within the city limits. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES ARLINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Arlington County, Virginia's $75.5 million general obligation bonds, including $39.2 million GO public improvement and refunding bonds, series 2009A, and $36.3 million GO refunding bonds, series 2009B. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS ACTIONS ON MICHIGAN TOBACCO SETTLEMENT FINANCING AUTHORITY, SERIES 2008
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms two and downgrades one class from Michigan Tobacco Settlement Financing Authority, tobacco settlement asset-backed bonds, series 2008, as follows: ... more info

9 Jun 2009: : BUILD AMERICA BONDS BOOST MUNI-BOND MARKET
A small part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is dramatically impacting the municipal bond market, sparing investors from a glut of new issues and low prices. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: WHAT A DROP IN TREASURYS MEANS FOR STOCKS
The conventional wisdom about stocks and bonds is that when one goes up, the other goes down. In other words, rising treasury yields -- meaning lower treasury prices -- should spell trouble for equities. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: MARKETS MIXED AFTER FED’S RATE DECISION
Some investors had hoped the Federal Reserve would do more to revive the economy. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: SHARES SLIP AND BONDS FALL AFTER FED STATEMENT
Markets fell from higher levels earlier in the day after the Federal Reserve held interest rates at record lows and said the economy showed some signs of stabilizing. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO ANNOUNCES MODIFIED DUTCH AUCTION TENDER OFFER FOR AIRPORT SYSTEM REVENUE BONDS
The County of Sacramento today announced that it is offering to purchase for cash, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Invitation to Tender Bonds dated June 24, 2009 , and the related Questions and Answers dated June 24, 2009 , the following County of Sacramento Airport System Senior Revenue Bonds Series 2008B : ... more info

24 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS PARIS ISD, TEXAS $4.3MM ULT SCHOOL BLDG BONDS 'A'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A' rating to Paris Independent School District , Texas' $4.3 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009. Fitch also affirms its 'A' rating on the district's outstanding debt comprising $53 million unlimited tax bonds, $675,000 tax and revenue notes, and $340,000 maintenance tax notes. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: TREASURYS DECLINE AFTER FED STATEMENT
The Federal Reserve gave investors little reason to keep buying Treasurys on Thursday. After three straight days of gains, government bonds lost ground after the Fed decided to keep rates within a range of zero to 0.25 percent. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES PHILADELPHIA GAS WORKS' $56MM REVENUE RFDG BONDS 'BBB-'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB-' rating to the Philadelphia Gas Works $56,000,000 Eighth Series A revenue refunding bonds. These fixed-rate bonds will be on parity with $915,580,000 of senior 1998 General Ordinance bonds and subordinate to $266,831,793 of bonds issued under the 1975 General Ordinance. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: FITCH UPGRADES SAN ELIJO JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY CALIFORNIA REVS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings upgrades to 'AA-' from 'A+' its rating on San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, California's $13.3 million in outstanding 2003 refunding revenue bonds . ... more info

24 Jun 2009: FITCH TO CONFIRM NYC MUNI WATER FIN. AUTH., ADJ. RATE F2003 SUBSERIES F1 S-T RATING AT 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings will confirm the short-term component of the rating currently assigned to the $100,000,000 New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority , water and sewer system revenue bonds, adjustable-rate fiscal 2003 sub-series F-1, consisting of: $50,000,000 sub-sub-series F-1-A, and $50,000,000 sub-sub-series F-1-B at 'F1+' on June 25, 2009. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (6/24/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the downgrade of KeyBank N.A.'s long-term Issuer Default Rating to 'A-', Rating Outlook Negative, from 'A', on Rating Watch Negative, Fitch Ratings has downgraded municipal bonds with letters of credit provided by KeyBank N.A. to 'A-', Rating Outlook Negative. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS STATE OF MICHIGAN, SERIES 2007A BONDS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A' rating on approximately $485 million State of Michigan Grant Anticipation Bonds , series 2007. The series 2007 bonds will mature in 2027. Fitch has not been asked to provide a rating on the state's $280 million series 2009A and 2009B bonds priced on June 17, 2009. ... more info

9 Jun 2009: : BUILD AMERICA BONDS BOOST MUNI-BOND MARKET
A small part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is dramatically impacting the municipal bond market, sparing investors from a glut of new issues and low prices. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: INFLATION-LINKED BONDS LOOK CHEAP AFTER SELL-OFF
A flight from inflation-indexed Treasurys earlier this year has made these securities cheap options for investors worried Federal Reserve stimulus efforts will lead to higher inflation, analysts say. ... more info

25 Jun 2009: FED ON HOLD AS SLUMP EASES
The Fed decided against enlarging its program to buy Treasury bonds to spur growth. It said its key interest rate will remain near zero "for an extended period." (Statement) ... more info

24 Jun 2009: EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK'S FUNDFEST
By enabling private sector banks to borrow cheaply and invest the proceeds in government bonds, the ECB has outsourced quantitative easing ... more info

24 Jun 2009: WHAT A DROP IN TREASURYS MEANS FOR STOCKS
The conventional wisdom about stocks and bonds is that when one goes up, the other goes down. In other words, rising treasury yields -- meaning lower treasury prices -- should spell trouble for equities. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES FLORIDA TURNPIKE REVENUE BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the approximately $181.2 million State of Florida Department of Transportation turnpike revenue bonds, series 2009B . Fitch expects the par amount of the turnpike revenue bonds series 2009A to be reduced to approximately $68.2 million from $250 million. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: RUSSELL SURVEY: MANAGERS RETURN TO RISK
TACOMA, Wash.----The riskiest equity category - emerging markets - and the riskiest fixed income category - high yield bonds - were the asset classes that managers were most bullish about in the latest Investment Manager Outlook, a quarterly survey of investment managers conducted by Russell Investments. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: INFLATION-LINKED BONDS LOOK CHEAP AFTER SELL-OFF
A flight from inflation-indexed Treasurys earlier this year has made these securities cheap options for investors worried Federal Reserve stimulus efforts will lead to higher inflation, analysts say. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: WHAT A DROP IN TREASURYS MEANS FOR STOCKS
The conventional wisdom about stocks and bonds is that when one goes up, the other goes down. In other words, rising treasury yields -- meaning lower treasury prices -- should spell trouble for equities. ... more info

24 Jun 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: INVESTORS ARE AWAITING MOVES FROM THE FED
The Federal Open Market Committee is expected to maintain interest rates at near zero, but its statement on the economy is eagerly awaited. ... more info

23 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES METRO WASHINGTON AIRPORT AUTH'S SERIES 2009 D-1 & D-2 BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' underlying rating to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's $75 million airport system revenue bonds, series 2009D-1, and $63 million airport system revenue bonds, series D-2. ... more info

23 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CENTRAL WASHINGTON HOSPITAL (WA) $117MM REVS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'BBB+' rating to approximately $117.3 million of Washington Health Care Facilities Authority revenue bonds series 2009 . In addition, Fitch has assigned its 'BBB+' rating to approximately $15.7 million in outstanding series 2001 revenue bonds issued on behalf of Central Washington Health Services Association's . ... more info

23 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR DEPT'S (CA) REVS AT 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'AA' rating on the outstanding $744 million Harbor Department of the City of Los Angeles , California, revenue bonds series. The rating affirmation also includes the $200 million in series 2009A&B and up to $550 million in series 2009C, which are expected to price this week of June 22, 2009. ... more info

23 Jun 2009: FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION ON SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT COMM. (CA) $175MM VRDB RFDG ISSUE 34
NEW YORK----An error was found on Fitch Ratings' web site for the bonds listed below: ... more info

23 Jun 2009: FITCH U.S. MUNI SURVEILLANCE: SALISBURY, NC'S COMBINED ENTERPRISE REVS AFFIRMED AT 'A+'
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating on Salisbury, North Carolina's $18.5 million of outstanding senior lien revenue bonds consisting of: ... more info

23 Jun 2009: INTRODUCING "JUST YOU & ME KID" - THE EXERCISE DVD THAT CREATES HEALTHY HABITS AND BONDS FOR FIT FAMILY FUN
PHOENIX----"Just You & Me Kid" is the only workout program that targets both parents and children, encouraging family time together, building lasting bonds and healthy habits while getting fit together. ... more info

23 Jun 2009: TREASURYS BOUNCE BACK
Treasurys made an about-face, pulling the longer-dated issues into positive territory, ahead of an auction of $40 billion in two-year government bonds. ... more info

23 Jun 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: AFTER DOWN WEEK, MARKETS HAVE A DOWN DAY
Fears about the economy jolted Wall Street, dragging stocks lower after their first losing week in a month. ... more info

23 Jun 2009: JAPAN'S CONCERN: DEFLATION, NOT INFLATION
Japan's finance ministry is examining how it might provide protection against deflation, rather than inflation, on some bonds, a senior Japanese official said. ... more info

22 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS ALLEGHENY COUNTY SANITARY AUTH JR LIEN REVS AT 'A'; SR LIEN AT 'A+'
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms its underlying ratings on the Allegheny County Sanitary Sewer Authority , PA's sewer revenue bonds as follows: ... more info

22 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES MA HOUSING FIN AGENCY $28MM HOUSING BONDS 2009 SERIES A&B 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned ratings of 'AA+/F1+' to the following Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency housing bonds: ... more info

22 Jun 2009: FITCH RTES METRO WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTH VRBS SERIES 2009D 'AAA/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AAA/F1+' to the $136,825,000 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority , airport system revenue variable rate bonds series 2009D consisting of: ... more info

22 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES LAS VEGAS MONORAIL, NEVADA, PROJECT REVENUE 1ST TIER BONDS TO 'C'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the underlying rating on the $451.4 million in outstanding Director of the State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry Las Vegas Monorail project revenue bonds, 1st tier, series 2000 to 'C' from 'CC'. ... more info

22 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES MASSACHUSETTS HFA $28MM HOUSING BONDS 2009 A & B 'AA-'; ASSIGNS STABLE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency's $28 million housing bonds, 2009 series A & B. Fitch also affirms the 'AA-' rating on all series of MassHousing's outstanding $1.6 billion housing bonds under the parity resolution. ... more info

22 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (6/22/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the downgrade of Regions Bank's long-term Issuer Default Rating to 'A-' with a Negative Rating Outlook from 'A' on Rating Watch Negative, Fitch Ratings has downgraded municipal bonds with letters of credit provided by Regions Bank to 'A-' with a Negative Outlook. ... more info

22 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS RENSSELAER TOBACCO ASSET SECURITIZATION CORPORATION (NEW YORK) SERIES A 2001
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms 10 classes from Rensselaer Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation , tobacco settlement asset-backed bonds, series A 2001, as follows: ... more info

22 Jun 2009: WORLD STOCKS SLIP
World stocks slipped on Monday while government bonds and the dollar rose as a decline in oil prices below $70 a barrel and caution ahead of this week's data and Federal Reserve meeting weighed on risky assets. ... more info

22 Jun 2009: FUNDAMENTAL LAUNCHES ONSHORE VERSION OF ITS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL CORPORATE BOND FUND
Fundamental Asset Management Ltd has launched SF Fundamentals, an exciting opportunity to invest in a diverse portfolio of income producing corporate bonds, drawing on the firm's outstanding track record in this area. ... more info

19 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS WESTCHESTER TOBACCO ASSET SECURITIZATION CORP. (NEW YORK), SERIES 2005
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms four classes of tobacco settlement asset-backed current interest turbo term bonds from Westchester Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation , Series 2005, as follows: ... more info

19 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CITY OF SAN DIEGO TOBACCO SETTLEMENT REVENUE FUNDING CORP, SERIES 2006
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms one class of tobacco settlement asset-backed current interest turbo term bonds from City of San Diego Tobacco Settlement Revenue Funding Corporation, Series 2006, as follows: ... more info

19 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY BANS & REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned the following ratings to bonds issued by the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges on behalf of Oklahoma State University : ... more info

19 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES PORT ORANGE, FLORIDA'S $15MM WATER & SEWER UTILITY RFDG REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to Port Orange, Florida's $15 million water and sewer utility refunding revenue bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on July 21, 2009 with proceeds expected to refund approximately $11.9 million in outstanding water and sewer bonds, series 1999 as well as about $2.8 million in outstanding state revolving fund loans. ... more info

19 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES KENTUCKY SPBC'S $388MM PROJECT 95 REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Kentucky State Property and Buildings Commission's approximately $388.1 million revenue and revenue refunding bonds, Project No. 95, consisting of $131.01 million series A , $46 million series B and $210.2 million series C . ... more info

19 Jun 2009: FITCH TAKES VARIOUS RATING ACTIONS ON ENHANCED VARIABLE RATE MUNI BONDS (6/19/09)
NEW YORK----In connection with the upgrade of DEPFA Bank's short-term rating to 'F1+' from 'F1' on June 4, 2009, Fitch Ratings takes various rating actions on certain municipal bonds that are supported by letters of credit and liquidity facilities provided by DEPFA Bank. ... more info

19 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS CHAUTAUQUA TOBACCO ASSET SECURITIZATION CORPORATION (NEW YORK), SERIES 2000
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms four classes of tobacco settlement asset-backed current interest turbo term bonds from Chautauqua Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation , series 2000, as follows: ... more info

19 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES GEORGE SCHOOL'S (PENNSYLVANIA) $16MM SERIES 2009A REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term 'AA-' rating to the approximately $16 million of Bucks County Industrial Development Authority fixed-rate revenue bonds , series 2009A. ... more info

19 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES VIRGIN ISLANDS DIAGEO MATCHING FUND BONDS 'BBB-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB-' rating on $250 million in Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority fixed-rate subordinated revenue bonds , series 2009A. The bonds will be issued June 25, 2009 via negotiation, and are due Oct. 1, 2014-2037. ... more info

9 Jun 2009: : BUILD AMERICA BONDS BOOST MUNI-BOND MARKET
A small part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is dramatically impacting the municipal bond market, sparing investors from a glut of new issues and low prices. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: BONDS MIXED AS INFLATION WOES ABATE
Treasury prices were mixed Wednesday as a five-day day rally cooled, with longer-term bonds erasing earlier gains, as stocks moved higher amid tempered inflation worries. ... more info

8 Jun 2009: FOUR IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER FOR BONDS
Long-term Treasury bond yields continue to creep toward 4%, a level they haven't traded at since mid-October. And that's raising an interesting "Is the glass half-full or half-empty" type of debate. ... more info

19 Jun 2009: HERE COME HIGHER INTEREST RATES
Investors are kicking themselves for failing to spot the twin bubbles in the stock and housing markets when the laws of economic gravity for both became spectacularly unhinged. Now, America should be on red alert for another bubble that's destined to pop -- outrageously overpriced government bonds, the flipside being outrageously low interest rates. ... more info

19 Jun 2009: THE ALLURES AND PERILS OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENT BONDS
Non-U.S. government debt has rallied strongly -- especially in emerging markets -- but potential defaults are still a problem ... more info

19 Jun 2009: SUPPLY PRESSURE CURBS TREASURYS
Most Treasurys were down slightly, pressured by next week's $104 billion government note supply. The 30-year bonds rebounded. ... more info

19 Jun 2009: HERE COME HIGHER INTEREST RATES
Investors are kicking themselves for failing to spot the twin bubbles in the stock and housing markets when the laws of economic gravity for both became spectacularly unhinged. Now, America should be on red alert for another bubble that's destined to pop -- outrageously overpriced government bonds, the flipside being outrageously low interest rates. ... more info

19 Jun 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: STOCKS RISE MODERATELY AFTER JOBLESS DATA
Rays of hope from reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims helped shake Wall Street out of its funk. ... more info

19 Jun 2009: STOCKS CLIMB, DOLLAR DIPS; CONFIDENCE LIFTED
Equity markets and high yielding currencies gained on Friday while bonds and the dollar fell, as U.S. jobs and factory data the previous session rekindled hopes that the global economy may be recovering from recession. ... more info

18 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES OAKLAND, CA $62MM GOS 'A+' & $185MM TRANS 'F1'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Oakland, California's $62 million general obligation bonds . Fitch also assigns a 'F1' rating to Oakland's $185 million 2009-10 tax and revenue anticipation notes , series A and B . ... more info

18 Jun 2009: BEA UNIT SET TO ISSUE YUAN BONDS
Bank of East Asia's China unit plans to sell yuan-denominated bonds in Hong Kong at the end of the month, a person familiar with the deal said. ... more info

18 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES INDIANA FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $216MM LEASE APPROPRIATION BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the Indiana Finance Authority's $215,825,000 lease appropriation bonds , consisting of $22,975,000 tax-exempt series 2009A and $192,850,000 series 2009B . ... more info

18 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE'S $47.5MM REF GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the city of Johnson City, Tennessee's approximately $47.5 million of general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to price the week of June 22, 2009 with proceeds refunding three series of the city's outstanding variable-rate bonds. ... more info

18 Jun 2009: FITCH TO RATE RHODE ISLAND STUDENT LOAN AUTH STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM REVS 2009 SR SER A; PRESALE ISSUED
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings expects to rate Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Student Loan Program revenue bonds, 2009 senior series A bonds as follows: ... more info

18 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT'S SERIES 2009C BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Nebraska Public Power District's general revenues bonds, $17.890 million series 2009C. ... more info

18 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ATLANTA AIRPORT (GA) CONS CAR RENTAL BONDS TO 'BBB+' FROM 'A-'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has downgraded to 'BBB+' from 'A-' the rating on College Park, Georgia's approximately $221 million of outstanding series 2006A and 2006B revenue bonds issued to finance the construction of a consolidated rental car facility and automated people mover maintenance facility at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport . ... more info

18 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND'S $27MM GOS 'AA+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to Annapolis, Maryland's approximately $26,970,000 general obligation public improvements bonds, 2009 series. The bonds are secured by the city's full faith and credit and are payable from an unlimited ad valorem tax on all taxable property within the city limits. ... more info

18 Jun 2009: BEA TIPPED TO SELL YUAN BOND
Bank of East Asia's China unit plans to sell yuan-denominated bonds in Hong Kong at the end of the month. ... more info

18 Jun 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: WALL STREET TAKES IN MIXED MESSAGES ABOUT BANKS, PRICES AND FEDEX
While 10 big banks began to repay bailout money, 22 other banks received downgraded ratings and FedEx issued a warning. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE AUTHORITY OF ARIZONA'S $196MM SRF BONDS 'AAA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona's approximately $196 million water quality revenue bonds, series 2009A. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AAA' rating on the authority's $742.8 million of outstanding parity bonds. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES MARICOPA CO, AZ RPTA EXCISE TAX BONDS 'AA'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Regional Public Transportation Authority, AZ transportation excise tax revenue bonds , series 2009. The bonds are scheduled to be sold via negotiated offering the week of June 22, 2009. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE DORMITORY AUTHORITY'S $789MM PIT BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York's approximately $788,615,000 state personal income tax revenue bonds , consisting of: ... more info

17 Jun 2009: MISSOURI GOV EMBRACES BONDS FOR BUILDING PROJECTS
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has embraced a plan to issue bonds for state construction projects. Nixon sent a letter Wednesday to all 197 Missouri lawmakers asking for their help in developing a specific bonding proposal that could be put before voters. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES MONROE COUNTY, NY'S $81.3MM GOS 'BBB'; DOWNGRADES OUTSTANDING GO TO 'BBB'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB' rating to Monroe County, New York's approximately $81.3 million general obligation public improvement bonds 2009 . The bonds are general obligations of the county, payable from an unlimited ad valorem tax pledge. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: TREASURYS MIXED WITH LONG-TERM NOTES FALLING
Treasury prices were mixed Wednesday as a five-day day rally cooled, with longer-term bonds erasing earlier gains, as stocks moved higher amid tempered inflation worries. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS S-T RATING ON DETROIT SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM REV VRDBS, SER 2001(C-1) & 2003(B)
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings withdraws the short-term 'F1+' rating assigned to the City of Detroit, Michigan's sewage disposal system senior lien revenue refunding bonds , series 2001 and series 2003. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CHICAGO BD OF ED (IL) $95.7MM UNLIMITED TAX GOS SERIES 2009B & C 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a rating of 'AA+/F1+' to each series of the $95,675,000 Board of Education of the City of Chicago, unlimited tax general obligation refunding bonds , consisting of: ... more info

17 Jun 2009: BONDS MIXED AS INFLATION WOES ABATE
Treasury prices were mixed Wednesday as a five-day day rally cooled, with longer-term bonds erasing earlier gains, as stocks moved higher amid tempered inflation worries. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: BONDS RALLY ON INFLATION DATA
Treasury prices turned higher Wednesday, with longer term bonds posting the biggest gains, after a report on consumer prices showed lower-than-expected inflation. ... more info

17 Jun 2009: TREASURYS REBOUND AFTER INFLATION DATA
Treasury prices turned higher Wednesday, with longer term bonds posting the biggest gains, after a report on consumer prices showed lower-than-expected inflation. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA'S (JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT) $231MM REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to approximately $231 million in County of Orange, California airport revenue bonds issued on behalf of John Wayne Airport consisting of: ... more info

16 Jun 2009: BALANCED IS OUT, ABSOLUTE-RETURN IN
Some mutual-fund firms have introduced products they claim provide greater protection in bear markets than traditional "balanced funds" that blend stocks and bonds. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: U.K. SELLS FIRST BOND IN FOUR YEARS
The U.K. enlisted a group of banks to help sell government bonds, a rare approach aimed at ensuring the financing of growing debt. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY PORT AUTHORITY'S CONSOLIDATED BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' underlying rating to the following Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's bonds: ... more info

16 Jun 2009: TREASURYS RISE AMID FED PURCHASES, DROP IN STOCKS
Long-term Treasury yields retreated Tuesday as the Federal Reserve bought up $6.45 billion in government bonds and a sell-off in stocks extended into a second day. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CHICAGO BOARD OF EDUCATION, ILLINOIS' $95.7MM GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK POSITIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an underlying 'A+' rating to the Chicago Board of Education, Illinois' unlimited tax general obligation refunding bonds as follows: ... more info

16 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, ILLINOIS REVS TO 'BBB'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB' rating to Illinois Institute of Technology's , series 2009A revenue bonds issued through the Illinois Finance Authority in the approximate amount of $25 million. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: TREASURY PRICES REBOUND
Government bonds rebounded from early lows Tuesday after the Federal Reserve bought $6.5 billion in debt as part of its $300 billion buyback campaign. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: TREASURY PRICES LITTLE CHANGED TUESDAY
Government bonds fluctuated within a tight range on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve bought $6.5 billion in debt as part of its $300 billion buyback campaign. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: FITCH TAKES RATING ACTIONS ON 422 BONDS IN 208 U.S. RMBS NIM DEALS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has taken various rating actions on 422 bonds in 208 U.S. RMBS net interest margin transactions. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: TREASURYS CHURN
Government bonds fluctuated within a tight range on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve bought $6.5 billion in debt as part of its $300 billion buyback campaign. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: SHARES IN RETREAT ON FEAR OF SLOW, LATE RECOVERY
Stock markets slid as commodity prices fell, but government bonds regained ground and the dollar strengthened. ... more info

15 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES AUSTIN ISD, TX'S $100MM ULT BLDG & RFDG BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' underlying rating to Austin Independent School District , Texas' $100 million unlimited tax school building and refunding bonds, series 2009. ... more info

16 Jun 2009: INVESTORS COOL ON US BONDS AND EQUITIES
Foreign governments and private investors dramatically reduced their purchases of US assets such as Treasuries in April, choosing instead to make riskier investments elsewhere ... more info

15 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS DEL MAR RACE TRACK AUTHORITY, CA AT 'BBB-'; REVISES OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its underlying 'BBB-' rating on the Del Mar Race Track Authority's outstanding $41.9 million series 2005 revenue bonds. Fitch also revises the Rating Outlook to Negative from Stable. ... more info

15 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES WEST HOLLYWOOD PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY, CALIFORNIA $39MM LRBS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to West Hollywood Public Financing Authority, California's $9.4 million 2009 lease revenue bonds , series A, and $29 million series B. ... more info

15 Jun 2009: FITCH WITHDRAWS RATING ON CHELSEA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL'S (MICHIGAN) REV BONDS SERIES 1998 & 2005
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has withdrawn its 'BBB' long-term rating on the following two series of Michigan State Hospital Finance Authority revenue bonds: ... more info

15 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES LEANDER ISD, TEXAS' $27.6MM ULT BONDS 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to Leander Independent School District, Texas' $27.6 million unlimited tax school building bonds, series 2009 . Additionally, Fitch has upgraded the district's approximately $1.2 billion in outstanding unlimited tax bonds to 'AA-' from 'A+'. ... more info

13 Jun 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: LITTLE MOVEMENT ON WALL STREET
Commodities and technology stocks, which have helped fuel a three-month rally, led the market in a modest pullback early Friday. ... more info

13 Jun 2009: CORPORATE BONDS ARE SIGNALING GROWTH
Solidly rated companies have seen no dent in demand for their bonds since concerns about rates emerged in force, a sign that higher bond yields are driven by optimism on growth, rather than inflation worries. ... more info

12 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES MEMPHIS/SHELBY COUNTY, TENNESSEE SPORTS AUTH REV RFDG BONDS 'A'; POSITIVE OUTLOOK
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A' rating to the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority, Tennessee's $134 million of revenue refunding bonds, series 2009A and 2009B. The bonds are scheduled to price via negotiation on June 23, 2009, with proceeds refunding the authority's outstanding series 2007A and 2007B variable rate demand revenue refunding bonds. ... more info

12 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AGENCY'S $322.1MM 2009 REVS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency's series 2009 power supply system revenue bonds: ... more info

12 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES OKLAHOMA DEVELOPMENT FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $3.9MM LEASE REVS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to $3,890,000 Oklahoma Development Finance Authority Oklahoma state system of higher education master equipment lease revenue bonds series 2009A . ... more info

12 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VIRGINIA'S $93.2MM GOS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Chesterfield County, Virginia's approximately $93.2 million general obligation bonds, consisting of $71.4 million GO public improvement bonds, series A of 2009 and $21.7 million GO public improvement refunding bonds, series B of 2009. ... more info

12 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CA T-5 REFUNDING REVS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to Stanford University's refunding $51,255,000 revenue bonds series T-5 issued through the California Educational Facilities Authority . ... more info

12 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF ORANGE COUNTY (CA) SERIES 2009B,C&D REVS 'AA-/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-/F1+' rating to the $127,800,000 California Health Facilities Financing Authority variable-rate revenue bonds consisting of: ... more info

12 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK'S $150MM GOS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to Nassau County, NY's approximately $150 million general obligation bonds series 2009 C and D . The bonds are scheduled to sell via competitive sale on June 22, 2009. ... more info

12 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES $8MM SAN GABRIEL INDUSTRIAL DEVEL CORP, TEXAS (AIRBORN, INC.) 2009 VRDBS 'A+/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A+/F1' to the $8,000,000 San Gabriel Industrial Development Corporation variable rate demand revenue bonds series 2009. ... more info

12 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES NEW YORK STATE DORMITORY AUTHORITY'S $17MM BOCES BONDS 'A+' UNDERLYING; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an underlying 'A+' rating to $17,185,000 Dormitory Authority of the State of New York Master BOCES Program lease revenue bonds , series 2009. The bonds are expected to price through negotiation the week of June 29, 2009 and are due Aug. 15, 2010-2028. ... more info

12 Jun 2009: BUYERS WADE BACK IN TO BONDS
Buyers returned to the market for Treasurys Friday after a brief bout of profit-taking, on speculation that the 10-year note's yield may be capped below 4% in the short term ahead of a brief respite in supply next week. ... more info

12 Jun 2009: STOCKS & BONDS: DEBT FEAR EASES, AND SHARES TAKE A RIDE
Investors showed strong demand for government debt by flocking to the sale of $11 billion in Treasury bonds, which helped the markets gain. ... more info

12 Jun 2009: ECUADOR BUYS BACK 91 PCT OF 2012, 2030 BONDS
Ecuador's finance minister says the government has bought back 91 percent of its defaulted Global 2012 and 2030 bonds. Maria Elsa Viteri calls the buy back a success and says that Ecuador is "free of illegitimate commercial debt" -- a reference to government accusations that some of its foreign debt was negotiated illegally. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES $282MM PORT OF SEATTLE, WA 1ST LIEN REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to approximately $282.3 million in Port of Seattle revenue bonds series 2009 consisting of: ... more info

11 Jun 2009: FITCH PUBLISHES DUAL-PARTY PAY CRITERIA FOR LOC-BACKED MUNICIPAL BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings today published criteria discussing its dual-party pay criteria for U.S. public finance bonds supported by bank letters of credit . Such transactions are assigned long-term ratings one to two notches higher than the rating on the LOC provider or the underlying rating of the bond, whichever is higher, if all the following conditions hold true: ... more info

11 Jun 2009: YIELD ON 30-YEAR BOND FALLS AFTER AUCTION
Beaten-down Treasurys are looking like a good deal again. Investors moved back into the Treasury market Thursday after a surprisingly strong auction of 30-year bonds, pulling yields down from multi-month highs. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES TUCSON, ARIZONA WATER REVENUE BONDS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the City of Tucson, Arizona's approximately $38.4 million water system revenue obligations, series 2009. Fitch also downgrades the city's outstanding parity water system revenue debt to 'AA-' from 'AA' which applies to $378.3 million of outstanding water system revenue bonds. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES PHILADELPHIA MUNICIPAL AUTH'S LEASE REVS 'BBB+' & AFFIRMS GOS; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' rating to Philadelphia Municipal Authority's $97 million lease revenue bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale June 23, 2009 with proceeds being used to design and construct a youth study center. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: FITCH AFFIRMS FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA'S REVS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A-' rating on Fort Pierce, Florida's approximately $7.9 million in capital improvement revenue bonds, series 1998 and 2001. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT'S 2009 GOS 'AA+'; UPGRADES OUTSTANDING GOS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the town of Cheshire, Connecticut's $7.2 million of general obligation bonds, issue of 2009. The bonds are scheduled to sell competitively on June 16, 2009, with proceeds funding various sewer, general purpose, and school construction projects. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES TUOLUMNE WIND PROJECT AUTHORITY'S (CALIFORNIA) REVS 'A+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the Tuolumne Wind Project Authority's revenue bonds, series 2009A expected to be issued in the amount of approximately $425 million. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES CONNECTICUT'S $310MM SRF REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following state of Connecticut state revolving fund bonds: ... more info

11 Jun 2009: AUCTION DRAWS BUYERS BACK TO BONDS
Treasurys rebounded as bargain hunters emerged after the recent sell-off that pushed the 10-year note's yield briefly above 4% to its highest level since October. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: LOOKING FOR INCOME? SOME TIMELY IDEAS
With inflation possibly ahead, hold off on CDs and Treasurys, but muni bonds may be a bright spot, writes Brett Arends. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: BAHRAIN ISSUES $750M IN BONDS
Bahrain's central bank said Thursday it raised the value of its latest Islamic bond issue by half to $750 million because of strong demand, a potentially welcome sign for Gulf nations looking to bankroll more of their spending with debt rather than oil profits. ... more info

11 Jun 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: SHARES SLIDE ON INTEREST RATE CONCERNS
Investors pulled away from government debt, even as an auction of 10-year Treasury notes drew relatively strong demand. ... more info

10 Jun 2009: MARKETS CLOSE LOWER AS INTEREST RATES CLIMB
Wall Street wavered as investors worried that rising interest rates on government bonds and home mortgages could impede the broader economy. ... more info

10 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES HILLSBOROUGH CNTY AVIATION AUTH (FL) TAMPA INTL AIRPORT 2009A REVS 'AA-'; STABLE OUTLOOK
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority's Tampa International Airport's approximately $47.02 million revenue bonds, series 2009A . ... more info

10 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES STATE OF OHIO GOS TO 'AA'; OUTLOOK REVISED TO STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings downgrades the rating of $7.0 billion outstanding State of Ohio general obligation bonds to 'AA' from 'AA+.' Fitch Ratings assigns 'AA' ratings on $10.0 million State of Ohio coal development general obligation bonds, series J and $30.0 million series K. ... more info

10 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES STATE OF GEORGIA'S $179.46MM REFUNDED GO BDS 'AAAPRE'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAApre' rating to the State of Georgia general obligation bonds, refunded on May 28, 2009, consisting of the following: ... more info

10 Jun 2009: FITCH DOWNGRADES SUMNER REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM, INC. (TENNESSEE) TO 'B-'; RATING WATCH NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has downgraded the rating on approximately $150 million of outstanding bonds issued by the Health, Educational and Housing Facilities Board of the County of Sumner, Tennessee, hospital revenue, refunding and improvement bonds , series 2007A to 'B-' from 'BB+'. ... more info

10 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES MICHIGAN MUNI BOND AUTHORITY'S $146MM SRF REVS 'AAA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority's $146 million clean water revolving fund revenue refunding bonds, series 2009. Fitch also affirms the 'AAA' rating on MMBA's $1.4 billion outstanding state revolving fund program bonds. ... more info

10 Jun 2009: BRAZIL JOINS RUSSIA, CHINA IN EYEING IMF BONDS
Brazil is looking to buy $10 billion in IMF bonds, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said on Wednesday, joining China and Russia in seeking to use the new instruments to diversify dollar-heavy currency reserves. ... more info

10 Jun 2009: RUSSIA TO SELL US TREASURIES, EYES IMF BONDS
Russia's Central Bank says it plans to cut reserves it holds in U.S. Treasuries and invest in International Monetary Fund bonds instead, a senior official said Wednesday. ... more info

10 Jun 2009: HAWAII SELLS $745M IN GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS
Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is announcing the sale of more than $725 million in general obligation bonds to fund various state capital projects. ... more info

10 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES $150MM RHODE ISLAND ECON DEVEL CORP HISTORIC STRUCTURES REV BONDS 'A+'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A+' rating to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation $150 million revenue bonds - historic structures tax credit financing program series 2009A . ... more info

10 Jun 2009: FITCH RATES $297MM NEW YORK LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE CORP. BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a long-term 'AA-' rating to the New York Local Government Assistance Corporation's $191,665,000 series 2003A-5/6 subordinate lien refunding bonds and $105,485,000 series 2008B-C/D refunding bonds , reflecting the bonds' conversion, effective today, to fixed-rate bonds from variable-rate bonds. ... more info

10 Jun 2009: 'BUILD AMERICA' BOOSTS MUNI BONDS
A small part of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan is hitting the municipal-bond market, sparing investors from a glut of new issues and low prices. ... more info

9 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES AMARILLO JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT, TEXAS GO BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Amarillo Junior College District, Texas' $16 million general obligation bonds, series 2009. In addition, Fitch affirms the 'AA' rating on the district's approximately $33 million in outstanding GO bonds. ... more info

9 Jun 2009 : BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES REFINANCES PETRO-CANADA CENTRE IN CALGARY FOR $370 MILLION, 5-YEAR TERM
TORONTO----Brookfield Properties Corporation and its Canadian-based subsidiary, BPO Properties Ltd. today announced the completion of the refinancing of Petro-Canada Centre in Calgary with $370 million, five-year first mortgage bonds, issued by one of BPO's subsidiary companies, PCC Properties Ltd., along with its joint-venture partner. ... more info

9 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF ORANGE COUNTY (CA) $264MM SERIES 2009 REVS 'A'; OUTLOOK NEGATIVE
SAN FRANCISCO----Fitch Ratings has assigned its 'A' rating to the approximately $263.9 million California Health Facilities Financing Authority revenue bonds series 2009A-D, expected to be sized as follows: ... more info

9 Jun 2009 : FITCH DOWNGRADES COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS GO BONDS TO 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Cook County, Illinois' general obligation bonds as follows: ... more info

9 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES KANSAS GAS & ELECTRIC'S $300MM 6.7% FMBS 'BBB+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB+' rating to Kansas Gas & Electric's $300 million issuance of 6.7% first mortgage bonds that will mature on June 15, 2019. The issuance is expected to close on June 11, 2009. ... more info

9 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES DALLAS ISD'S (TEXAS) $105MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK REMAINS NEGATIVE
AUSTIN----Fitch Ratings assigns its underlying 'AA-' rating to Dallas Independent School District, Texas' $105.1 million unlimited tax refunding bonds, series 2009. Additionally, Fitch affirms the 'AA-' rating for the district's $1.7 billion unlimited tax school building bonds outstanding . ... more info

9 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES THE PORT OF PORTLAND, OREGON PORTLAND AIRPORT 2009A RFDG REVS 'A+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A+/F1+' to The Port of Portland, Oregon, Portland International Airport passenger facility charge refunding revenue bonds, consisting of: ... more info

9 Jun 2009: : BUILD AMERICA BONDS BOOST MUNI-BOND MARKET
A small part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is dramatically impacting the municipal bond market, sparing investors from a glut of new issues and low prices. ... more info

9 Jun 2009: U.S. MARKETS END THE DAY MIXED; TREASURY PRICES FALL
Stocks headed higher in late trading on Monday as traders looked ahead toward economic recovery, and so did interest rates on government bonds. ... more info

8 Jun 2009: MARKETS ENDS THE DAY MIXED; TREASURY PRICES FALL
Stocks headed higher in late trading on Monday as traders looked ahead toward economic recovery, and so did interest rates on government bonds. ... more info

8 Jun 2009 : SHORTER BONDS TUMBLE AHEAD OF 3-YEAR NOTE AUCTION
Yields on two-year and 10-year Treasury notes rose to new highs for the year Monday as investors prepared for more government debt auctions. ... more info

8 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC'S $24MM RFDG GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'AA-' rating to Brunswick County, North Carolina's estimated $23.7 million general obligation refunding bonds, series 2009. The bonds are scheduled for negotiated sale on June 16, 2009. ... more info

8 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND'S 2009 SERIES A-C REVS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to approximately $144.8 million of auxiliary facility and tuition revenue bonds issued by the University System of Maryland in the following series: ... more info

8 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES $41.6MM ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO'S GRT BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns its 'AA' rating to Albuquerque , New Mexico's $12.0 million gross receipts tax /lodgers' tax refunding revenue bonds, series 2009A, and $29.6 million GRT refunding revenue bonds, series 2009B, scheduled to sell via negotiation during the week of June 15. ... more info

8 Jun 2009: FOUR IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER FOR BONDS
Long-term Treasury bond yields continue to creep toward 4%, a level they haven't traded at since mid-October. And that's raising an interesting "Is the glass half-full or half-empty" type of debate. ... more info

8 Jun 2009: FOUR IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER FOR BONDS
Long-term Treasury bond yields continue to creep toward 4%, a level they haven't traded at since mid-October. And that's raising an interesting "Is the glass half-full or half-empty" type of debate. ... more info

8 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES $14.4MM TARRANT COUNTY HEALTH FACILS DEV CORP. (TX) VRDBS SER 1996-A & 1997-A 'A-/F1'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'A-/F1' to the Tarrant County Health Facilities Development Corporation variable rate demand revenue bonds , consisting of $8,845,000 series 1996-A and $5,555,000 series 1997-A. ... more info

8 Jun 2009 : MARKETAXESS ANNOUNCES MONTHLY VOLUME STATISTICS FOR MAY 2009
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. , the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for U.S. and European high-grade corporate bonds, emerging markets bonds and other types of fixed-income securities, today announced total monthly trading volume for May 2009 of $21.3 billion, consisting of $11.4 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $4.4 billion in eurobond volume, and $5.5 billion in other volume. ... more info

6 Jun 2009 : RUSSIA WILL LIKE TREASURIES EVEN IF U.S. RATING CUT
U.S. Treasuries bonds will not become a less attractive investment even if the U.S. sovereign credit rating is cut, Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin was quoted as saying on Saturday. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW HAMPSHIRE MUNI BOND BANK'S 2005 RESOLUTION BONDS 'AA-'; OFF WATCH NEGATIVE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank's approximately $22.5 million 2009 series C non-guaranteed bonds, issued under the 2005 General Bond Resolution . ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS FLORIDA GOVERNMENTAL UTILITY AUTH (LEHIGH UTIL SYST) REVS AT 'A-'; OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
AUSTIN, Texas----In the course of routine surveillance, Fitch Ratings affirms the Florida Governmental Utility Authority's outstanding bonds as follows: ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES PICA'S $363MM SPECIAL TAX REV RFDG BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority's approximately $362.9 million special tax revenue refunding bonds , series 2009. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES GRAND PRAIRIE ISD, TEXAS' $72.6MM GOS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA-' rating to Grand Prairie Independent School District , Texas' approximately $72.6 million unlimited tax school refunding bonds, series 2009. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW YORK CITY MUNICIPAL WATER FINANCE AUTHORITY'S $500MM REVS 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority's approximately $500 million water and sewer system revenue bonds, fiscal 2009 series GG. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER OF DALLAS (TEXAS) $200MM 2009A BONDS 'AA'; OUTLOOK STABLE
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA' rating to the $200 million North Central Texas Health Facilities Corporation, , hospital revenue bonds, series 2009A. In addition, Fitch assigns its 'AA' ratings to approximately $202.3 million of outstanding series 1993 and series 2002. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : NO BOND SALE FOR SOUTH TAHOE CONVENTION CENTER
The city council has rejected a proposal to issue $25 million worth of bonds to raise money for the developer of the stalled convention center project in South Lake Tahoe. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH CONFIRMS 'A' RATING ON PALM BAY, FL'S $38.2MM SPECIAL OBLIGATION BONDS
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings confirms the underlying 'A' rating assigned to Palm Bay, Florida's approximately $38.2 million in outstanding special obligation bonds, series 2008. The Rating Outlook is Negative. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES OR HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIV $80MM 2009B-1 & B-2 REVS 'AA+/F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has assigned ratings of 'AA+/F1+' to the $60,000,000 Oregon Health and Science University variable rate demand revenue bonds, series 2009B-1 and the $20,000,000 series 2009B-2 . ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH ISSUES CORRECTION FOR CALIFORNIA STATE PUBLIC WORKS BOARD LEASE REVS 2008H, 2008I & 2008J
NEW YORK----An error was found on Fitch Ratings' website for the bonds listed below: ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS NORTH DAKOTA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION GRANT & REV ANTICIPATION BONDS AT 'AA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms its 'AA' rating on the approximately $48.3 million North Dakota Department of Transportation grant and revenue anticipation bonds, series 2005. The bonds pay interest each December 1 and June 1, and reach final maturity in June of 2020. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS ATLANTA AIRPORT'S GARBS AT 'A+' & PFC SUB LIENS AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the 'A+' rating of the City of Atlanta, Georgia's approximately $1.5 billion senior lien airport general revenue bonds issued for Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the 'A' rating on the city's approximately $610 million airport passenger facility charge revenue and subordinate lien general revenue bonds . ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : CHINA EXPLORES BUYING $50BN IN IMF BONDS
China is 'actively considering' buying up to $50bn of International Monetary Fund bonds, the country's State Administration of Foreign Exchange has said ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES OHIO DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK (FEDERAL) BOND FUND REVS 'AA'
CHICAGO----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to $11.8 million State of Ohio transportation project revenue bonds, federal title XXIII transportation infrastructure bond fund, series 2009-1. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : RRI ENERGY ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF TENDER OFFER AT PAR FOR NOTES AND BONDS
HOUSTON----RRI Energy, Inc. today announced the results of its "Asset Sale Offer" to purchase at par up to $225,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the outstanding securities listed below. ... more info

5 Jun 2009 : ARE TREASURIES A SAFE HAVEN? OR DANGEROUS?
The bonds' prices have fallen dramatically since last fall. Does that signal economic recovery -- or runaway inflation? ... more info

5 Jun 2009: CHINA WILLING TO BUY IMF BONDS
China said it is willing to buy as much as $50 billion in bonds issued by the IMF, part of a deal made by the world's major economies earlier this year to boost the resources the global agency has to combat financial crises. ... more info

5 Jun 2009: STOCKS AND BONDS: STOCKS ADVANCE ON HOPES FOR ECONOMIC REBOUND
Financial and energy shares pulled the market higher as investors sidestepped safety bets in areas like health care or consumer necessities. ... more info

4 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN'S $935,000 LTGOS 'AA+' & $5.54MM LTGO BANS 'F1+'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'F1+' rating to East Lansing, Michigan's $5.54 million limited tax general obligation bond anticipation notes series 2009 and an 'AA+' rating to $935,000 LTGO bonds, consisting of: ... more info

4 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES NEW JERSEY HEALTH CARE FACILITIES FINANCING AUTHORITY'S $150MM BONDS 'A+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A+' rating to the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority approximately $150 million state contract bonds series 2009A. The bonds, which are expected to be offered through negotiation during the week of June 8, will be due Oct. 1, 2013 through 2031. ... more info

4 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM'S 2009B & 2009D RFS BONDS 'AAA'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings rates approximately $625,000,000 of revenue financing system bonds issued by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System as follows: ... more info

4 Jun 2009 : FITCH AFFIRMS UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA'S REVENUE BONDS AT 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings affirms the unenhanced 'AA-' rating on approximately $278 million of outstanding general fee revenue bonds issued by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama on behalf of the University of Alabama . ... more info

4 Jun 2009 : XCEL ENERGY SUBSIDIARY PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OF COLORADO ANNOUNCES DEBT FINANCING
MINNEAPOLIS----Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado today announced that it closed its offering of $400 million of its 10-year first mortgage bonds with an annual interest rate of 5.125 percent. ... more info

4 Jun 2009 : FITCH UPGRADES MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL (NY) BONDS TO 'A-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings has upgraded the rating on approximately $423.6 million of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Mount Sinai Obligated Group revenue bonds to 'A-' from 'BBB+'. ... more info

4 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES ROCKWALL COUNTY, TEXAS' $35.3MM GO BONDS 'AA-'; OUTLOOK STABLE
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns an initial 'AA-' rating to Rockwall County, Texas' $10.7 million unlimited tax road bonds, series 2009, and $24.6 million limited tax refunding bonds, series 2009. ... more info

4 Jun 2009 : FITCH UPGRADES S-T RATING ON TEXAS VETERANS' LAND REFUNDING BONDS TAXABLE SER 2006A&B TO 'F1+'
NEW YORK----Fitch Ratings upgrades the short-term rating assigned to $28,930,000 State of Texas Veterans' Land refunding bonds, taxable series 2006A and $22,450,000 State of Texas Veterans' Land refunding bonds, taxable series 2006B rating to 'F1+' from 'F1'. ... more info

3 Jun 2009 : FITCH RATES SAN DIEGO PUBLIC FACILITIES FINANCING AUTH (CALIFORNIA) $365MM 2009B SR WATER REVS 'AA-'
AUSTIN, Texas----Fitch Ratings assigns a rating of 'AA-' to approximately $364.8 million San Diego Public Facilities Financing Authority water revenue bonds, series 2009B. The bonds are payable from net revenues of the city of San Diego's water system , on parity with the system's outstanding senior lien obligations. ... more info