Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said: “Ireland is now rated at A grade by two of the three main rating agencies, our international reputation continues to improve and the NTMA continues to do an excellent job in securing stable and low cost funding for the State.”

Ratings agency Fitch has upgraded its view on Irish sovereign debt to A-, citing improved trends in the economy and reduced “vulnerabilities” in the (...)

Europe’s markets watchdog has censured credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday for incorrectly announcing a cut in France’s debt.

Europe’s markets watchdog censured credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday for incorrectly announcing a cut in France’s debt, which co(...)

Lufthansa believes its cost-cutting programme, dubbed Score, will contribute €2.1 billion to its earnings between this year and next. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

You could be forgiven for thinking Ryanair has started a trend. Barely two weeks after the Irish airline earned its second credit rating – from Fitch (...)

Ian Curley, group chief financial officer with Smurfit Kappa, said that the upgrade has been made possible by the “strong free cash flow generated through a robust operational performance, decisive capital allocation and successful refinancing activities”.

Smurfit Kappa, the integrated manufacturer of paper-based packaging products, has welcomed Standard & Poor’s upgrading of its credit rating(...)

Children hoist the Spanish flag with Spanish legionnaires during a  ceremony on the eve of the Spain’s National Day in  Ronda, near Malaga. Spain is on a path of slow but stable economic recovery. Photograph: Jon Nazca / Reuters

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s agency cut the Netherlands’ credit rating on yesterday, reducing the euro zone club of full triple-A nations to j(...)

Standard & Poor’s lowered its long-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on the Republic of France today by one notch to AA fr(...)

Donal O’Mahony of stockbroker Davy clearly isn’t trying to make any friends at Moody’s, with his latest research, A Tale of Two Agencies, firmly argui(...)

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