Fitch Affirms Noble Group's Ratings After Agri Deal; Shares Sink

  • Near-term debt maturity seen small at $360 mln in first half
  • Company's shares decline to close at lowest since 2008

Fitch Ratings Ltd. affirmed Noble Group Ltd.’s investment-grade ratings after rival agencies cut the commodity trader to junk, while warning that any sign of deterioration in the company’s ability to access unsecured bank funding could put that assessment in jeopardy. The shares fell to the lowest level since 2008.

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