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  • High-yield bonds, also known as speculative-grade or junk, rank below Baa3 at Moody's Investors Service and BBB- at S&P.

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  • The question that is troubling investors is whether speculative-grade companies can handle a downturn in the economy, especially a prolonged phase of slow growth and low consumer spending.

    'Junk' Bonds Point to Recession

  • The average speculative-grade bond yield currently stands at 7.06%, according to the Merrill Lynch High Yield Master II Index, but average yields for bonds rated CCC or lower is 9.93%.

    A New Twist on Junk

  • Companies have sold $201 billion of speculative-grade bonds in the U.S. so far this year, according to Dealogic data.

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  • The offering, to raise cash for repaying other debt, comes during a period of robust demand for speculative-grade bonds, as low interest rates undercut returns on safer types of debt.

    A New Twist on Junk

  • Others said speculative-grade companies run into trouble when growth slows to 1.5%.

    'Junk' Bonds Point to Recession

  • S&P, which had a double-B, or speculative-grade, corporate rating on Nine Dragons, also withdrew its weaker double-B-minus issue rating on Nine Dragons' outstanding senior unsecured notes.

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  • To be sure, the health of companies with speculative-grade ratings improved markedly since 2009, so much so that 45 of them are pegged to cross over to investment grade.

    'Junk' Bonds Point to Recession

  • Demand for speculative-grade bonds is so high that they're now trading 7.64 percentage points above comparable Treasury yields, down from 9.10 percentage points earlier this month.

    Investors Returning To 'Junk' Counter

  • The notes are rated Caa1 by Moody's and CC by Standard and Poor's, both deep in speculative-grade, or junk, territory.

    A New Twist on Junk


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