BRIEF-Moody's maintains stable outlook on Portugal's banking system amid rising growth but still-weak asset quality and capital
* stable outlook on Portugal's banking system amid rising growth but still-weak asset quality and capital
LISBON Portugal hopes to cut its total debt to 120 percent of gross domestic product by 2019 from 130 percent last year, Finance Minister Mario Centeno told Reuters, a change that could help boost the country's creditworthiness.
LUTON, England Mary Quist arrived at Luton Airport in the early hours of Monday looking forward to a holiday in Portugal, but the sudden collapse of Britain's Monarch Airlines meant a day of confusion and frustration.
LISBON Portugal expects credit ratings agencies Moody's and Fitch to lift its sovereign rating back to investment grade in coming months, bringing its bond yields close to Spanish levels, deputy finance minister Ricardo Mourinho Felix said.
LISBON Portugal's three biggest banks plan to manage jointly some of their bad loans to avoid more writedowns, effectively taking on the task of trying to tackle one of Europe's biggest bad-debt burdens.
MILAN European shares ended Monday's session close to six-week highs, helped by buoyant global stock markets, stronger financials and a rally in Portugal after the euro zone member regained investment grade rating.
* Portugal leads European shares to six-week high (Updates prices)
LONDON, Sept 18 Portugal's 10-year bond tumbled to its lowest level in more than a year on Monday after the country returned to an investment grade rating after 5-1/2 years.
WARSAW Spanish bank Santander is the frontrunner to buy Deutsche Bank's Polish assets ahead of Portugal's Millennium bcp , two sources familiar with the matter said.
* Euro zone periphery govt bond yields http://tmsnrt.rs/2ii2Bqr (Updates prices for close)
MADRID The political crisis in Catalonia cannot by solved simply by calling regional elections, the Spanish Justice Minister said during a radio interview on Tuesday.