South Africa May Edge to Deeper Junk Rating If S&P Cuts Outlook

South Africa could move toward an even deeper junk credit rating this week by losing the only stable outlook on its debt assessments, Bloomberg News reported. Of the 23 respondents in a Bloomberg survey, 12 expect S&P Global Ratings to change its outlook on the country’s credit rating to negative from stable on Friday. That means the next move from the company, which already assesses South Africa’s foreign-currency debt at three levels below investment grade, could be another downgrade. That would take the country to a single B rating and signal an increased probability of a default. The nation’s debt assessment is at the lowest level since it first obtained credit ratings 26 years ago. Read more