downgrade

Definition

A negative change in ratings for a security; two common examples are an analyst's downgrading a stock (such as from "buy" to "sell") and a credit bureau's downgrading of a bond. opposite of upgrade.

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The bond had received a downgrade into junk bond status as the riskiness of the security was increasing each week.

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There was a serious downgrade as far as our business was going and things were not looking as good as we thought they were.

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Our firm was grappling with the downgrade of our stock, coming up with some measures that might see us through in the long run.

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