The number of global weakest links increased slightly to 109 as of July 20, 2011, from 107 as of June 21. The weakest links are issuers rated 'B-' and lower with a negative outlook or ratings on CreditWatch negative. The 109 weakest links have total rated debt worth $184 billion. So far, only 21 issuers have defaulted in 2011 (through July 22)--six more since June, with a combined outstanding debt worth $43.20 billion. Eighty-two issuers defaulted on debt worth $97.48 billion in 2010 and 264 issuers defaulted on debt worth $627.7 billion in 2009. The highlights from this month's report are: The 12-month-trailing global corporate speculative-grade default rate decreased to 2.00% in June from 2.18% in May. Regionally, the U.S....
Companies mentioned in this report are:
- FirstBank Puerto Rico
- AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc.
- Buffets Inc.
- Centrais Eletricas do Para S.A.
- Hudson Products Holdings Inc.
- ATI Acquisition Co.
- Orchard Supply Hardware LLC
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