June 13, 2012 / 9:11 PM / 7 years ago

More risk Spain will ask for more aid - Moody's analyst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spain could ask for more international aid if a bank bailout proves insufficient, a sovereign analyst from Moody’s Investors Service said on Wednesday, the same day the agency slashed the country’s rating to Baa3, its lowest investment grade.

“We do see an increasing risk of Spain needing to ask for more support in the coming months or in the coming years,” said Kathrin Muehlbronner, a Moody’s analyst in London.

Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Saturday to lend Spain up to 100 billion euros (81.01 billion pounds) to shore up its teetering banks.

“In our view that’s (the aid request) not a sign of strength, that’s a sign of weakness,” Muehlbronner said, noting the Spanish government’s growing dependence on its domestic banks as buyers of sovereign debt.

Reporting By Luciana Lopez

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