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  • 18 Nov 2015
    • Liquidity-Stress Index steadies
      Moody’s Liquidity-Stress Index remained relatively unchanged in mid-November, edging up only slightly to 6.2% from 6.1% at the end of October, as turbulence in energy sector liquidity ratings paused. Liquidity pressures are limited outside of energy with modest economic growth, manageable maturities for most companies in 2016, and a lack of widespread covenant violation risk providing support for US speculative-grade liquidity…Full Report l Press Release
  • 3 Nov 2015
    • Liquidity Stress Index moves higher on rising energy pressures
      Moody's Liquidity Stress Index jumped to 6.1% in October from 5.8% in September, the index's highest level since March 2010, as commodity prices remained under pressure in the energy sector. Furthermore, the oil and gas LSI rose to 19.2% in October from 16.9% in September. While our key liquidity indices suggest that risks are rising and the default rate should increase over the next year, they remain below crisis levels…Full Report l Press Release
  • 19 Oct 2015
    • Energy pressures will continue to keep Moody’s Liquidity Stress Index near five-year high
      The Liquidity Stress Index is holding relatively steady thus far in October after jumping to a five-year high of 5.8% in September, but only because of a pause in speculative-grade liquidity activity among energy companies. However, low commodity prices will continue to pressure independent and exploration companies and oil field services companies, which comprise the bulk of issuers with SGL-4 ratings…Full Report l Press Release

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