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Credit Trends: U.S. Composite Credit Spreads Daily (Dec. 29, 2011) Dec 11
Standard & Poors, December 2011
Standard & Poor's investment-grade composite spread narrowed by 1 basis point (bp) to 224 bps, and the speculative-grade composite widened by 5 bps to 723 bps. By rating, the 'AA' spread remained unchanged at 148 bps, and 'A' and 'BBB' tightened by 1 bp each to 196 bps and 282 bps, respectively. The 'BB' and 'B' spreads expanded by 6 bps each to 507 bps and 768 bps, respectively, and 'CCC' widened by 7 bps to 1,207 bps. By industry, financial institutions, industrials, and telecommunications contracted by 1 bp each to 358 bps, 339 bps, and 359 bps, respectively. Utilities remained flat at 218 bps. Banks tightened by 2 bps to 410 bps. The investment-grade and speculative-grade spreads are both...
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