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Credit Trends: U.S. Composite Credit Spreads Daily (Aug. 2, 2012) Aug 12
Standard & Poors, August 2012
Standard & Poor's investment-grade composite spread tightened by 5 basis points (bps) to 203 bps yesterday, and the speculative-grade composite spread tightened by 8 bps to 668 bps. By rating, the 'AA' spread tightened by 5 bps to 131 bps, the 'A' spread tightened by 5 bps to 173 bps, and the 'BBB' spread tightened by 5 bps to 252 bps. The 'BB' spread tightened by 6 bps to 457 bps, the 'B' spread tightened by 5 bps to 701 bps, and the 'CCC' spread tightened by 9 bps to 1,087 bps. By industry, financial institutions, banks, utilities, and telecommunications contracted by 6 bps each to 290 bps, 310 bps, 211 bps, and 316 bps, respectively. Industrials contracted by 5...
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