S&P Places Vanguard Natural (VNR) Placed on CreditWatch Positive Following Eagle Rock (EROC), LRR Energy (LRE) Deals May 22, 2015 02:12PM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today affirmed its ratings, including its 'B+' corporate credit rating, on exploration and production (E&P) master limited partnership (MLP) Vanguard Natural Resources (Nasdaq: VNR) and placed them on CreditWatch with positive implications.

"We placed the ratings on CreditWatch with positive implications because we believe an upgrade is likely based on the company's improved business risk profile following its acquisitions of Eagle Rock... (continue reading...)

S&P Maintains Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) on CreditWatch Negative Amid Plans to Split Company May 22, 2015 12:28PM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today said it kept its ratings on Hewlett Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), including the 'BBB+' corporate credit rating, 'A-2' commercial paper rating, and 'BBB+' senior unsecured debt rating, on CreditWatch with negative implications.

"Our original CreditWatch placement followed the company's announcement that it plans to separate into two public companies in 2015 through a tax-free transaction," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst John... (continue reading...)

S&P Lowers Outlook on American States Water (AWR) to Stable Following Stock Buyback Announcement May 22, 2015 11:45AM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today revised its rating outlook on California-based American States Water Co. (NYSE: AWR) (ASW) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Golden State Water Co. (GSW), to stable from positive. At the same time, we affirmed our ratings, including the 'A+' issuer credit ratings, on both ASW and GSW.

The outlook revision to stable reflects the company's announcement that it has authorized the repurchase of up to 1.2 million shares. "We expect that... (continue reading...)

Moody's Affirms Rating on Tenet Healthcare (THC); Concludes Review Following Aspen Healthcare Acquisition Announcement May 21, 2015 02:17PM

Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) confirmed the B1 Corporate Family Rating and B1-PD Probability of Default Rating of Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC). Moody's also affirmed the company's Speculative Grade Liquidity Rating of SGL-2. The rating outlook is negative. These actions conclude the review for downgrade that commenced on March 23, 2015 when Tenet announced that the company had signed a definitive agreement to enter into a joint-venture transaction with Welsh,... (continue reading...)

Omnicare (OCR) Ratings Placed on CreditWatch Positive by S&P Following CVS Health (CVS) Deal May 21, 2015 12:40PM

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services placed its ratings on Omnicare (NYSE: OCR), including the 'BB' corporate credit rating, on CreditWatch with positive implications.

"The CreditWatch placement follows CVS Health's (NYSE: CVS) [BBB+/Stable/A-2] announcement that it will acquire Omnicare for almost $13 billion in cash, equity, and the assumption of debt," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Michael Berrian. We affirmed our 'BBB+' corporate credit rating on CVS Health... (continue reading...)

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May 15, 2015 11:25AM McDonald's (MCD) Senior Unsecured Ratings Cut to 'A3' by Moody's
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