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Downgrade

A negative change in ratings for a stock, or other rated security.

Downgrade

A change in the rating of a bond or other security in a downward direction. For example, a bond that had previously been rated AAA may be downgraded to AA. Downgrades are considered detrimental because they mean the ratings agency believes that the issuer of the security is less likely to be able to fulfill its obligations, such as coupon payments. A downgrade increases the cost of funds for the issuer because investors expect a higher return in exchange for the increased risk on the security. See also: Upgrade.
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to C-/baa2 from C/a3, on review for further downgrade) and BBVA
The downgrade of the National Ratings also considers the removal of institutional support from the ratings.
downgrade of KBC Bank's long-term debt and deposit ratings to A3 from A1.
Best, 5.7 percent of its rating actions were downgrades in 2018 and 8.5 percent were upgrades, with 5.4 percent under review.
C.I.B.'s credit downgrade meanwhile was attributed to the bank's reliance of Egyptian sovereign debt at a time when the country is experiencing difficult economic circumstances.
Specifically, National Bank of Greece's bonds were downgraded to Aa2 from Aa1 and placed on review for a further downgrade. Besides, the downward review placement of Alpha Bank and EFG Eurobank Ergasias affected the Aa2 ratings on their bonds.
A Microsoft spokesperson stated that users will be able to downgrade from Windows 7 to XP without a problem, according to BetaNews.
This is the second earnings downgrade. One major reason is poor earnings at NEC Electronics.
The downgrade of Bradesco Seguros' IFS rating results from the downgrade of the long-term Local Currency IDR of its parent Banco Bradesco S.A.
Global Banking News-December 24, 2014--Moody's downgrades Raiffeisen Banking Group member banks
A number of banks have stated that they consider themselves Egypt's most affected economic sector by the country's repeated credit downgrades since the outbreak of the 25 January Revolution, seeing as they are the primary owners of government debt securities.
"The rating actions affecting the banks' subsidiaries reflect the agency's view that while the banks' propensity to support their international banking subsidiaries remains unchanged, their ability to do so has been reduced, as reflected in the downgrades of their long-term IDRs which follow the downgrade of the sovereign," Fitch added.