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Credit Trends: U.S. Composite Credit Spreads Daily (Feb. 9, 2012) Feb 12
Standard & Poors, February 2012
Standard & Poor's investment-grade composite narrowed by 3 basis points (bps) to 208 bps yesterday, and the speculative-grade composite spread narrowed by 4 bps to 653 bps. By rating, the 'AA' and 'A' spreads tightened by 2 bps each to 136 bps and 181 bps, respectively, and 'BBB' tightened by 3 bps to 260 bps. The 'BB' spread contracted by 4 bps to 463 bps, and 'B' and 'CCC' narrowed by 6 bps each to 702 bps and 1,068 bps, respectively. By industry, financial institutions narrowed by 6 bps to 322 bps, and banks and telecommunications contracted by 4 bps each to 340 bps and 333 bps, respectively. Industrials tightened by 3 bps to 307 bps, and utilities contracted by...
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