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Credit Trends: U.S. Composite Credit Spreads Daily (March 7, 2012) Mar 12
Standard & Poors, March 2012
Standard & Poor's investment-grade composite spread widened by 2 basis points (bps) to 201 bps yesterday, and the speculative-grade composite spread widened by 11 bps to 637 bps. By rating, the 'AA' and 'A' spreads expanded by 1 bp each to 132 bps and 175 bps, respectively, and 'BBB' widened by 2 bps to 250 bps. The 'BB' and 'B' spreads widened by 13 bps each to 453 bps and 686 bps, respectively, and 'CCC' expanded by 19 bps to 1,066 bps. By industry, financial institutions remained flat at 307 bps, banks widened by 2 bps to 328 bps, and industrials expanded by 4 bps to 294 bps. Utilities expanded by 1 bp to 205 bps, and telecommunications widened by...
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