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Friday, June 22, 2007

If it's Friday, S&P Rating Cuts

by Calculated Risk on 6/22/2007 03:55:00 PM

From Standard & Poor's: 133 Subordinate Second-Lien, Subprime Ratings From 2006, 2005-Vintage RMBS On Watch Neg, Cut

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services today took various rating actions on 133 subordinate classes from 62 different transactions from 23 different issuers. We downgraded 45 classes backed by closed-end second-lien collateral. ... The downgrades and CreditWatch placements reflect early signs of poor performance of the collateral backing these transactions.
UPDATE: Here is the story from Reuters: Fitch, S&P may cut ratings on subprime debt
Standard & Poor's cut or may cut the ratings of 133 subprime-related securities, potentially affecting about $1 billion in securities, the rating company said.

It downgraded 56 classes of residential mortgage-backed securities in total -- 45 groups backed by closed-end, second lien collateral and another 11 subprime classes.

Most of the residential mortgage-backed securities originated in 2005 and 2006, and the percentage of delinquencies in that group has risen to as high as 18 percent, S&P said.