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Credit Risk Surges for Global Company Debt on Growth Concerns

  • Cost of insuring U.S. corporate debt climbs to 2013 high
  • Yield premiums over sovereign bonds rise to most since 2012
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Credit risk around the world is surging on concern that a rout in stocks and commodities may hurt companies’ finances and increase the chances of default.

The cost of insuring U.S. companies’ debt against default climbed to the highest since 2013, based on credit-default swaps. In Europe, a similar gauge for high-yield companies rose to the highest this year, while a measure for investment-grade debt increased to the most in almost two months.