Standard & Poor's investment-grade composite spread and speculative-grade composite remained unchanged yesterday at 218 basis points (bps) and 678 bps, respectively. By rating, the 'AA' spread widened by 1 bp to 144 bps, and 'A' and 'BBB' remained flat at 190 bps and 273 bps, respectively. The 'BB' spread contracted by 2 bps to 478 bps, 'B' narrowed by 1 bp to 728 bps, and 'CCC' contracted by 3 bps to 1,133 bps. By industry, financial institutions tightened by 1 bp to 342 bps, and banks and telecommunications narrowed by 2 bps to 371 bps and 345 bps, respectively. Industrials and utilities remained unchanged at 323 bps and 217 bps, respectively. The investment-grade and speculative-grade spreads are both down from...
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