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Spec Grade Liquidity Ratings

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  • 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
  • 8 Sep 2016
    • Asian LSI weakens slightly in August; Indonesian and Chinese industrial sub-indices hit all-time highs
      The Asian Liquidity Stress Index (LSI) remains at elevated levels due to weak corporate liquidity profiles across the region. In particular, the property, oil & gas, and metals & mining sectors -- which account for over 50% of the rated high-yield companies with the weakest speculative-grade liquidity score -- continue to pressure the Asian LSI.Press Release l Full Report
  • 2 Sep 2016
    • Moody’s Liquidity-Stress Index hits 2016 low as markets remain open to spec-grade companies
      The speculative-grade liquidity gauge declined for a fifth straight month to reach its lowest point this year on the back of continuing refinancing activity and a steady US economy. The index, which falls when corporate liquidity appears to improve, moved to 7.5% from 8.1% in July and 6.8% at end-2015... Full Report l Press Release

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