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Credit Trends: U.S. Composite Credit Spreads Daily (March 26, 2012) Mar 12
Standard & Poors, March 2012
Standard & Poor's investment-grade composite remained unchanged at 197 basis points (bps) and the speculative-grade composite spread widened by 3 bps to 608 bps. By rating, the 'AA', 'A', and 'BBB' spreads remained unchanged at 128 bps, 170 bps, and 243 bps, respectively. The 'BB' spread widened by 4 bps to 435 bps, the 'B' spread expanded by 6 bps to 658 bps, and the 'CCC' spread expanded by 4 bps to 1,018 bps. By industry, financial institutions widened by 3 bps to 300 bps. Banks and telecommunications expanded by 1 bp each to 307 bps and 314 bps, respectively. Industrials and utilities remained flat at 288 bps and 202 bps, respectively. The investment-grade and speculative-grade spreads are both down...
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