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Coronavirus: Resources to Understand the Global Impact

As the global policy response to the pandemic evolves across the world, and many adjust to a more distributed and digital working style, S&P Global Market Intelligence’s news and data, analytics, and web-based/mobile tools give you the essential intelligence you need to track the business and economic impact, from corporate credit to supply chains.

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As countries and states look to identify a "new normal", markets around the globe are feeling the pandemic's impacts. S&P Global’s global network of researchers and reporters are analyzing the coronavirus’ effects on the markets and the global economy.

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Understanding COVID-19’s Impacts

Cross-border supply chain disruptions, changes in industry and country risk factors, extreme volatility in the capital markets, and a potential recession are just some of the headlines top of mind for credit risk professionals today.  How can companies quickly and comprehensively assess their spectrum of credit risk exposure?

Stay on-top of COVID-19’s impacts and the shape of recovery with RatingsDirect®, the official source for S&P Global Ratings’ credit ratings and research. Research, chart, and analyze the implications of the current unprecedented circumstances on economic and credit markets across global, industry, company, and issuer levels. Set alerts on your portfolio so that you are notified whenever any ratings actions occur, so you can take swift and appropriate action.

Calculate and monitor the credit risk of rated, unrated, public, and private companies around the world with Credit Analytics.  Pair market sentiment data with fundamental credit quality and default risk so you can spot early warning signs of potential defaults, ahead of financial reporting periods. Credit Analytics also lets you estimate company credit risk under future macroeconomic scenarios. These analytical models deliver the insights to be proactive, not reactive.

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Understanding COVID-19’s Impacts

The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19 disease has already had a profound impact on global supply chains and will continue to cause disruptions. Panjiva’s supply chain data, services and research can help you understand: which industries are most at risk; how the logistics sector is responding; what effect export restrictions might have; whether there are signs of recovery; and what might happen after the recovery gets underway. Panjiva’s research covers 15 global industries and three commodity groups and focuses more broadly on trade policy, the logistics sector and operations of global supply chains.

A recent Panjiva report, Momentum reversal: Analyzing coronavirus credit risk with supply chain data, analyzes the evolution of supply chain risks over the past two years, ranging from trade policy uncertainty through to the coronavirus pandemic, in the context of credit risk analysis.

In this Quantamental Research Report, Navigating Guidance Withdrawal with Supply Chain Data, Panjiva researchers examine recent U.S. import activity by industry. Because shipping data can provide a near real-time view into a firm’s activities, this report is a source of alternative data for decision-makers looking for forward-looking information on a company’s prospects.

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Understanding COVID-19’s Impacts

As the markets react to current events, use the Market Intelligence Dashboard to stream intraday pricing from global exchanges and up-to-the-minute headlines on companies you care about.   

Tailor your dashboard with customizable widgets and watch lists to only monitor the information that matters most to you, and easily view our fundamental data alongside streaming market data. Watch performance of a single security, group of securities, or index while receiving news, press releases, events, financials, and more for companies you follow.

Use the Market Intelligence mapping tools and new MS Office Template models to visualize the impact of COVID-19 by country and for specific sectors.

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Understanding COVID-19’s Impacts

In today’s world, it’s not enough to stay in the know; you’ve got to be the first to know.  We publish hundreds of sector-, persona-, and topic-focused stories every day to deliver the critical insights you need to understand what’s impacting the markets.

Keep your finger on the pulse with news that impacts the markets and companies you follow. Sample our coverage of these topics:

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Understanding COVID-19’s Impacts

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has already resulted in many negative ratings actions, with further risk migration and higher default rates expected in the wake of the pandemic. Leveraged Commentary & Data (LCD) can help you track, assess, and manage these heightened risks in key ways: real-time coverage of at-risk companies and industries through Restructuring Watch Lists and Weakest Links updates, Default Surveys to follow changing market expectations, Liquidity Trackers that detail which companies are drawing upon revolving credit facilities, and a daily update of loan amendments to determine which transactions need covenant relief.

Amid the increased volatility, the S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index helps you understand the shifting risk-return of loans and other asset classes to best position your portfolio in these turbulent markets.

LCD arms you with context by providing data and expert commentary on the syndicated loan, private credit, and high-yield bond markets to analyze COVID-19 against more than 20 years of history.

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Understanding COVID-19’s Impacts

Alternative data, such as corporate communication via earnings calls or regulatory filings, can provide timely insight to help with critical business decisions during these uncertain times. Leverage machine readable transcripts from earnings calls of over 10,600+ global companies to gain insight into specific company, sector or regional impacts of COVID-19 on businesses as mentioned by management. Gain access to transcripts of often invite-only Asia Pacific company financial briefs and calls with SCRIPTS Asia, exclusively available in machine readable format via Xpressfeed™. Additionally, as quarterly and annual reports are filed, additional detail can be accessed from the risk management sections of documents to identify the mitigation tactics and extent of concern from COVID-19 to help you better understand the implications to your clients, your competitors, and companies you’re investing in.  

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