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S&P upgrades EchoStar unit

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on March 31 upgradedEchoStar Corp. unit 'scorporate credit rating to BB from BB-.

The rating agency raised its issue-level rating on Hughes'senior secured notes to BBB- from BB+. The issue-level rating on thecompany's senior unsecured notes was raised to BB from BB-.

The outlook on the company is stable.

S&P said the ratings action is based on expectationsthat Hughes' continued EBITDA growth "will result in net adjusted leveragein the high-1x area by the end of 2016 (declining to the mid-1x area in 2017), relativeto our 2x upgrade target."

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