Moody's downgrades Greek bonds despite help

July 25, 2011 at 2:38 PM

ATHENS, Greece, July 25 (UPI) -- Bond rating firm Moody's Investors Service Monday gave Greek bonds the lowest rating it has separate from declaring bonds in default.

Moody's calls a rating of "C" a bond in default. Greek bonds, Moody's said, are now at a "Ca" rating, a drop from the previous "Caa1" rating, CNNMoney.com reported.

All of those ratings fall under the umbrella of junk bonds, which covers the grade categories below a recommended investment.

Moody's said the second bailout package for Greece approved last week "carries a number of benefits for Greece -- a slightly reduced debt trajectory, lower debt-servicing costs, as well as reduced reliance on financial markets for years to come."

However, Moody's said, "The impact on Greece's debt burden is limited."

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