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The Energy Downgrade Avalanche Begins: Exxon Loses AA+ Rating

For the past 9 years ever since the downgrade of the US government by S&P from AAA to AA+, American energy giant Exxon, which back in 2007 had a market cap of over $500 billion only to see that cut by two thirds to $150BN today (half of where it was at the start of the year) , had the same Standard and Poor's credit rating as the US government. That period of perplexing parity ended just after 1pm on Monday, when S&P, confirming it would move quickly on rating downgrades this time following a near record plunge in the price of oil last week, downgraded Exxon from AA+ to AA as Exxon's "Lower Oil Price Assumption Weakens Cash Flow/Leverage Metrics"; and since the outlook is negative, it means more downgrades are coming.

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