Moody’s Investors Service will delay plans to downgrade more than 100 banks as it assesses the effect of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s trading losses and a greater possibility of a euro breakup, a Moody’s official said.
The Moody’s official declined to be identified as he wasn’t authorized to comment publicly. Moody’s said on April 13 that it would begin downgrading banks, including BNP Paribas SA, France’s biggest lender, Deutsche Bank AG, Germany’s largest, and New York-based JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley by early May.
JPMorgan announced last week it was facing losses of $2 billion related to derivatives trading, while Spain’s government nationalized Bankia SA. Financial shares dropped in Europe today on concern that Greece’s political turmoil makes a euro exit for the nation more likely.
Moody’s said in January it would overhaul how it rates European banks and firms with global securities operations to reflect the adverse effects of the sovereign-debt crisis, dwindling economic growth and the latest round of capital rules set by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.
“The combination of current challenges and inherent risk factors has introduced speculative elements into the obligations of these firms that we believe are not fully reflected in their current ratings,” Moody’s said in a note published Jan. 19.
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