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  • 11 Oct 2016
    • Asian LSI drops to 30.5% in September; Chinese industrials sub-index sets new all-time high
      Moody's Asian Liquidity Stress Index (Asian LSI) dropped to 30.5% in September from 33.9% in August, but is still well above its long-term average of 22.4%. The index remains elevated due to weak corporate liquidity profiles across Asia, particularly in the property, oil & gas, and metals & mining sectors. The index increases when speculative-grade liquidity appears to deteriorate....Press Release l Full Report​​​
  • 4 Oct 2016
    • Liquidity-Stress Index improves again in September; energy sector woes largely contained
      Our speculative-grade liquidity gauge fell for the sixth consecutive month in September, to 7.1% from 7.5% in August. Although US economic forecasts for 2016 and 2017 have been trimmed, growth has remained warm enough to prevent defaults in the energy and mining sectors from spreading broadly to speculative-grade companies in other industries... Press Release l Full Report
  • 20 Sep 2016
    • US speculative-grade liquidity improves again in September; SGL upgrades predominate
      The Liquidity-Stress Index improved to 7.1% in mid-September from 7.5% at the end of August, extending a five-month decline that is pushing the index closer to its long-term average. Liquidity rating upgrades are poised to outnumber downgrades for a fourth consecutive month, after an 18-month period in which downgrades predominated... Press Release l Full Report

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