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Moody's Liquidity Stress Index signals default rate will decline in 2017

New York, December 21, 2016-- Moody's Liquidity-Stress Index remained at 6.0% in mid-December and will finish the year with a drop in a strong sign that defaults among speculative-grade companies will moderate in the year ahead, the rating agency says in its most recent edition of SGL Monitor.. Moody's Liquidity-Stress Index falls when corporate liquidity appears to improve and rises when it appears to weaken. "The past year has been choppy for speculative-grade liquidity, with...
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