In response to the range of negative pressures on housing finance, Fitch Ratings said in a report yesterday that it will begin assigning specific rating outlooks to various credits within the state housing finance sector, after giving the sector a negative outlook in general.

The outlooks that Fitch plans to assign for the first time to state housing finance authorities' general obligation ratings, other bond program ratings, and guarantee fund ratings are expected to be mostly stable but some may be negative, analysts said.

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