Moody's changes forecast on Venezuela's Pdvsa bonds
State-run oil company Pdvsa's debt bonds were downgraded to negative amidst uncertainty over a political succession of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez
However, Moody's has reaffirmed both Venezuela's B1-B2 oil industry bond ratings in local currency and foreign currency, respectively.
"Actions concerning the rating of Venezuela's bonds express the growing uncertainty amid the political succession of President (Hugo) Chávez, and the impact of a looming transition in civil order, the economy, and a visibly deteriorated fiscal position," Moody's explained in a statement cited by Reuters.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.