Moody's upgrades Escondida

Moody's upgrades Escondida

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Moody's said Friday that it upgraded Chilean copper miner Minera Escondida by one notch to Baa1 with a stable outlook on "strong liquidity and conservative financial policies." The rating agency also cited the "strategic importance" of Escondida to its two owners, BHP and Rio Tinto. The Chilean mine is BHP's main copper asset, accounting for 65% of copper production for the company, and it is also a "critical asset" for Rio Tinto, Moody's said. "Since the inception of Escondida's mining operatio

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