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S&P Lookout Report Shows Growth in Global Concerns

""Standard & Poor's"":http://www.standardandpoors.com/home/en/us recent ""Lookout Report"":http://www.standardandpoors.com/products-services/articles/en/us/?articleType=HTML&assetID=1245325167186 showed a solid reduction in the amount of recession-related concerns those in the U.S. financial markets are feeling and acting upon. The biweekly survey, created by ""S&P Capital IQ's Global Market Intelligence"":https://www.capitaliq.com/ division, also demonstrated that the drop in anxiety over the state of the nation's overall economic conditions was somewhat mitigated by rising fears over the European debt crisis.

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The Lookout Report, which includes analytical information from ""Capital IQ"":https://www.capitaliq.com/, ""S&P Indices"":www.standardandpoors.com/indices, and ""S&P Leveraged Commentary and Data"":www.lcdcomps.com/, includes market insights, corporate earnings commentary, leveraged loan trends, and commodity index activity to reveal the current general opinion on the U.S. financial climate from within the business. The most significant finding in S&P's survey highlighted the potential impact of liquidity problems abroad - and the lack of a clear solution - that is catalyzing professionals' worries over the future of the U.S. markets.

S&P's economic and market outlook within the report demonstrated that U.S. home pricing has returned to levels seen in 2002 and 2003. Additionally, the group notes that, in spite of inexpensive housing and historically low mortgage interest rates, the national pace of home sales for new and existing properties remains soft.

In an evaluation of leverage and loan-fund assets contained in the Lookout Report, S&P stated, ""Looking ahead, managers are reluctant to make predictions, especially given the volatility related to events in Europe as well as the fiscal and economic situation in the U.S. Our best guess is that fund assets under management (AUM) will be effectively flat during the final month of the year, and that strength in year-end retail and progress in Europe will largely determine the direction in January.""

Results from S&P's Risk-to-Price (R2P) Corporate Bond Monitor displayed deterioration in the risk-reward profiles for the fixed-income market. However, the company mentioned that the second-half of November was marked by some stability in the segment, with corporate bonds' returns moving back toward positive numbers, yet during the same period, market and credit risks went up significantly according to the R2P evaluation.

The Lookout Report lends cross-market and cross-asset views based on current data and forward-looking insights from within S&P. To view the full results, visit the S&P Global Credit Portal and Capital IQ via ""StandardandPoors.com"":http://www.standardandpoors.com/home/en/us.

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