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  • 2 Dec 2016
    • Moody’s Liquidity-Stress Index improves again in November; seventh consecutive month of declines in the Index
      Our Liquidity-Stress Index (LSI) fell for a seventh consecutive month in November, to 6.0% from 6.6% in October. The more than a half a percentages point drop since the prior month shifts the Index to its lowest level since September 2015, marking a significant retreat from the most recent peak of 10.3% in March 2016 and pointing to moderating default risk... Full Report l Press Release
  • 17 Nov 2016
    • Moody's Liquidity Stress Index (LSI) improves for seventh month; remains below historical average
      The LSI's improving trajectory is the result of a confluence of factors, including healthy credit market access, which has helped speculative-grade companies enhance investment funding capacity and proactively manage their balance-sheet needs, including upcoming maturities. The index has also benefited as the level of energy sector rating activity continues to abate following a large number of rating actions in late 2015 and early 2016... Full Report l Press Release​​​​
  • 8 Nov 2016
    • Asian Liquidity Stress Index drops to 29.9% in October; third straight monthly improvement
      Moody's Asian Liquidity Stress Index (Asian LSI) dropped to 29.9% in October from 30.5% in September, its third consecutive monthly decline. However, despite the improvement, the index remains at elevated levels —- driven by the growth in USD bond issuance and refinancing of upcoming maturities -- and highlights the weakness in Asian liquidity. The index measures the proportion of high-yield companies with the weakest speculative-grade liquidity score of SGL-4, and increases when such liquidity appears to deteriorate. Full Report l Press Release

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