S&P downgrades Ambac Assurance to junk

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  1. SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said late Tuesday it downgraded Ambac Assurance several notches to CC from BBB, or to junk status. S&P also cut the holding company's counterparty credit rating to CC from BB. The ratings were removed from review for a further downgrade and the outlook is negative. "This rating action reflects our view of the significant deterioration in Ambac's insured portfolio of nonprime residential mortgage-backed securities and related CDOs," said David Veno, an S&P credit analyst, in a statement. "This has required the company to strengthen reserves to account for higher projected claims.