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  • 1 Oct 2015
    • Intensifying energy woes cause Moody’s Liquidity Stress Index to spike
      Lower earnings and declining cash flow for companies in the energy sector led Moody’s Liquidity Stress Index (LSI) to jump to 5.8% in September from 5.1% in August, the index’s highest level since October 2010. The Energy LSI also leapt to 16.9% in September from 12.7% in August, the highest it has reached since July 2009, when it hit 19.2%. Downgrades exceeded upgrades and continue to be concentrated among companies in the oilfield services and independent exploration and production sectors... Press Release l Full Report
  • 16 Sep 2015
    • Global spec-grade corporate default rate edged lower in August
      Moody's trailing 12-month global speculative-grade default rate finished at 2.3% in August, down from 2.4% in July. The latest reading came in slightly lower than the rating agency's year-ago prediction of 2.6%. Oil and gas continues to be the most challenged industry so far this year, owing to the bankruptcy filing of Hercules Offshore Inc. and the distressed exchange by SandRidge Energy Inc…Press Release l Full Report
  • 2 Sep 2015
    • Moody’s Liquidity Stress Index pushes higher as energy woes intensify
      The Liquidity Stress Index (LSI) increased to 5.1% in August from 4.3% in July, reaching its highest level since December 2010. An increase in the energy LSI to 12.7% following a rash of downgrades was the primary driver. However, energy weakness is not spreading to other sectors, which collectively saw upgrades exceeded downgrades, indicating supportive credit conditions and sound fundamentals... Press Release l Full Report

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