FedEx outlook cut to stable on slowing US economy, investment requirements - S&P

Mumbai (Thomson Financial) - Standard & Poor's Ratings

Services said it has revised the outlook on FedEx Corp's 'BBB' long term and

'A-2' short term corporate credit rating to stable from positive.

"The outlook revision reflects our belief that the slowing US economy and ongoing investment requirements will likely preclude a rating upgrade over the near term," S&P said.

S&P said it also affirmed the ratings on the company.

The ratings on FedEx reflect the company's strong competitive position in the air express market, a strengthened and expanding presence in ground and trucking transportation, moderate financial policies and good cash-generating capability.

S&P expects the company to continue to generate solid earnings and cash flow, with management expected to maintain a moderate financial profile. As a result, an outlook change to negative is also unlikely in the absence of a large debt-financed acquisition, S&P said.