February 1, 2019 / 11:55 AM / 7 months ago

Moody's: Greece bond market return is "credit positive"

LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Greece’s return to international debt markets in January with a issue worth 2.5 billion euros is credit positive for the junk-rated country, ratings agency Moody’s said on Friday.

“It was Greece’s first debt issued outside of a programme after almost a decade of reliance on funding from the EU and IMF,” Moody’s analyst Michail Michailopoulos wrote in a note to clients.

“Greece’s foray into international capital markets is credit positive, as it reflects improving investor confidence and paves the paves the way for Greece returning to full market-based funding.”

Moody’s rates Greece ‘B3’ - six notches below investment grade - with a positive outlook. (Reporting by Karin Strohecker; editing by Sujata Rao)

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