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Russia could be downgraded today – TDS

FXStreet (Edinburgh) - Strategist at TD Securities Cristian Maggio sees the likeliness of agency Fitch to downgrade Russia’s credit rating today.

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Russia will be subject to rating revisions today and could suffer at least one downgrade. I also anticipated that the market is already pricing—at least in CDS terms—nearly two notches of further downgrades from as many agencies. In this respect, any short-term negative RUB reaction is likely to be an overshoot that should quickly correct and thus offers a tactical opportunity to buy RUB”.

“We think there is a 50% chance of a Fitch downgrade, as this agency remains the only one that still rates Russia IG. However, given that S&P’s rating is already one notch lower than Fitch’s, we think that an S&P downgrade is somewhat less likely”.

“But clearly, a double downgrade today would be the most negative of all outcomes and could carry lasting effects, especially if the outlooks are left negative from both agencies”.

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