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* Moody's affirmed France-based BNP Paribas SA's Aa3/Prime-1 long- and short-term bank deposits and issuer ratings, with a stable outlook on the long-term ratings. The rating agency also affirmed the lender's Aa3/Prime-1 long- and short-term counterparty risk ratings, Aa3(cr)/Prime-1(cr) long- and short-term counterparty risk assessments and "baa1" baseline and adjusted baseline credit assessments. The agency also affirmed BNP Paribas Securities Services' Aa3 backed long-term bank deposits, with a stable outlook, and Prime-1 backed short-term bank deposits.
The Aa3/Prime-1 long- and short-term counterparty risk ratings and Aa3(cr)/Prime-1(cr) long- and short-term counterparty risk assessments of the French banking group's New York branch, Dublin branch and Australian branch were also affirmed.
* Fitch Ratings downgraded Italy-based Azimut Holding SpA's long-term issuer default rating and senior unsecured rating to BBB- from BBB and removed them from rating watch negative. The outlook on the long-term issuer default rating is stable. The agency also affirmed the asset manager's F3 short-term issuer default rating.
* Fitch downgraded Georgia-based JSC Cartu Bank's long-term issuer default rating to B- from B and its viability rating to "ccc+" from "b", with a stable outlook on the long-term issuer default rating. The agency also affirmed the bank's B short-term issuer default rating, 5 support rating and No Floor support floor rating.
* ACRA withdrew Russia-based Expobank LLC's BBB+(RU) credit rating without a concurrent affirmation, saying it does not possess enough information to update it. The outlook on the rating was positive at the time of withdrawal.
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