New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has set a three- to five-day deadline for bond insurers hurt by certain mortgage securities exposures to bolster their flagging ratings, according to the Wall Street Journal. A call to the New York insurance department about the deadline had not been returned by deadline time. Mr. Spitzer indicated in congressional testimony Feb. 14 that he feels officials in his state should take the lead in tackling the bond insurance issue because "insurance is regulated by the states, and most of the bond insurance companies are domiciled in and primarily regulated by New York." Moody's Investors Service on Thursday downgraded some ratings of bond insurer FGIC, a New York-based company in which mortgage insurer PMI owns a 42% stake.

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