Retail, media issuers in focus despite low defaults

S&P Global said that consumer products, media and oil and gas were the most represented sectors on its list of ‘weakest links’ in sub-investment grade corporate debt, which remains relatively small in a low default environment.

  • By David Bell
  • 11 Oct 2018

The consumer products sector accounts for the largest proportion of corporates on S&P’s latest list of “weakest links”, the agency said on Thursday. The list tracks companies rated B- or lower by S&P with a negative outlook, which it said have an eight times higher default rate, historically.

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