Rating quality in U.S. public finance appears to be stabilizing, as indicated by the decreasing number of rating changes during the last quarter, according to a Standard & Poor’s report published ­Tuesday.

“The decreased number of rating changes appear to indicate that issuers are taking the necessary steps to stabilize their financial situations as well as that we have completed a number of criteria-related reviews,”said credit analyst Gabriel Petek. “However, in our view, the number of downgrades could increase if employment and tax revenue trends remain weak.”

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