Fitch: U.S. High Yield Default Slips in February
Fitch reported that the U.S. high yield par default rate continues to track closely to the 2012 year-end rate of 1.9%. At the end of February, it slipped modestly to 1.8% (mostly due to the market’s larger size). Fitch projects a similar level for the first quarter.
Fitch said March has added filings from gaming operator Revel AC and phone directory publisher Dex Media and two missed interest payments from oil and gas company GMX Resources and healthcare concern Rotech. These add an estimated $1.5 billion to the year’s default tally of $2.8 billion through February, Fitch said.
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