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  • 19 Apr 2016
    • Moody’s Liquidity Stress Index up again; pace of rise slows as energy reviews conclude
      The LSI’s upward climb slowed considerably in early April after the index jumped in the first quarter in conjunction with Moody’s broad review of energy and commodity companies. The wider index rose to 10.4% as of mid-April from 10.3% at the end of March, while the energy LSI slipped to 30.4% from 31.6% during the same timeframe... Press Release l Full Report
  • 7 Apr 2016
    • Asian Liquidity Stress Index deteriorates in March to 32.2%; worst monthly result since March 2009
      Moody's Asian Liquidity Stress Index (LSI) rose to its highest – or worst – level since March 2009, reflecting the increase in Moody's-rated high-yield companies with the weakest speculative-grade liquidity score of SGL-4 to 39 from 38 in February. More generally, the index is elevated because of weakening trends in corporate liquidity across Asia. Companies in the oil & gas, metals & mining and related sectors account for over 40.0% of the index’s SGL-4 scores... Press Release l Full Report​​​​​​​
  • 4 Apr 2016
    • Deteriorating conditions for energy companies push Liquidity Stress Index above 10%
      Moody’s Liquidity Stress Index (LSI) rose to 10.3% in March from 9.0% in February. The energy LSI similarly jumped to a record high of 31.6% from 27.2% over the same timeframe. Liquidity weakness is much more narrowly confined to commodity-related sectors than during the last major turn in the credit cycle that began in mid-2007, but the increase in the LSI presages a further rise in the default rate over the next year... Press Release l Full Report

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