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  • 24 Mar 2014
    • SGL Monitor: Liquidity conditions remain steady for US speculative-grade companies
      Moody's Liquidity-Stress Index (LSI) has been below 5% for more than three years, indicating few liquidity problems at US speculative-grade companies. The index rose slightly to 4.6% as of mid-March from 4.5% at the end of February, but remains well below its long-term average of 7.0% and record high of 20.9%, set in March 2009... Press Release l Full Report
  • 21 Feb 2014
    • SGL Monitor: Liquidity-Stress Index holds steady amid market volatility
      Market movements and a sharp drop in issuance thus far in 2014 have not pressured the liquidity of US speculative-grade companies. By mid-February our Liquidity-Stress Index had risen only slightly, to 4.5% from 4.2% at the end of 2013. Most high-yield corporate debt maturities are more than two years away, and companies continue to benefit from low interest rates and moderate economic growth… Press Release l Full Report
  • 6 Feb 2014
    • Asian Liquidity Stress Index Continues to Rise in January
      Moody’s Asian Liquidity Stress Index rose for a second month in January, to 22.4% from 20.0% in December, reflecting both the net addition of three companies (to 26) to the roster of those with the lowest speculative-grade liquidity score and a net increase of one (to 116) in the number of companies with speculative-grade ratings... Full Report

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