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S&P: Chemicals credit quality supported by economic growth

3:51 PM MDT | April 17, 2013 | Vincent Valk

Moderate economic growth in North America is supporting credit ratings at US and Canadian chemicals companies, according to credit ratings service Standard & Poor’s (S&P; New York). S&P forecasts US gross domestic product (GDP) to grow by 2.65% year-on-year (YOY) during 2013, up from 2.2% growth in 2012. North American chemicals companies have an average credit rating of ‘BB,’ just below investment-grade, while 85% of companies covered by S&P have stable credit outlooks.   “Over the next year, the credit quality of...

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