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S&P Upgrades Greece’s Credit Rating From Default

Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 6:29 AM ET

Standard & Poor’s rating agency upgraded Greece’s long-term credit rating from 'selective default' to sub-investment grade triple-C on Wednesday, citing the country's recently-completed bond swap.

Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.
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Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.

S&P cut Greece's rating to SD at the end of February, following a deal the country made to reduce its debts.

According to a press release issued by S&P on Wednesday, the upgrade results from Greece’s successful $172 billion bond swap offer, completed on April 25.

“The 'CCC' rating on Greece reflects our view of the recent reduction in government debt following the restructuring, the reduction in debt servicing costs as a result of the exchange, and the increased average maturity of the central government debt stock,” S&P wrote in the release.

S&P forecasts the Greek economy will shrink by a further 5 percent in 2012, having shrunk 6.9 percent in 2011.

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