S&P Global Ratings revised its outlook for Intercontinental Exchange Inc. to stable from negative.
At the same time, S&P affirmed its A long-term and A-1 short-term issuer credit rating for ICE.
The revised outlook is based on a reduction of gross debt by about $1 billion for the first three quarters of the year in line with expectations, owing to solid cash flow generation and a pause in stock repurchases.
The stable outlook reflects S&P's expectation that ICE will keep reducing debt in 2017, better aligning financial metrics, including leverage, with its rating.
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