TEXT - Fitch rates Merrill Lynch B.V.

Thu Jan 3, 2013 11:52am EST

Jan 3 - Fitch Ratings has assigned an initial long-term Issuer Default
Rating (IDR) of 'A' to Merrill Lynch B.V. and has subsequently withdrawn the IDR
and support ratings of Merrill Lynch S.A. Fitch notes that the obligations of
Merrill Lynch B.V. are guaranteed by Bank of America Corporation.

Fitch assigns the following ratings:

Merrill Lynch B.V.
--Long-term IDR 'A';
--Long-term Senior Debt 'A';
--Long-term marked linked securities 'Aemr'
--Support '1'.

Fitch withdraws the following ratings:
Merrill Lynch S.A.
--Long-term IDR 'A';
--Support '1'.
The Rating Outlook is Stable.
A couple walks along the rough surf during sunset at Oahu's North Shore, December 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Find your dream retirement town

Florida? Hawaii? Reuters has teamed up with Zillow to give you the power to customize a list of your best places to retire.  Video | Full Article