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Debtors on the Edge


Standard & Poor's considers 209 U.S. companies vulnerable to default. Among them:

Accuride

CREDIT RATING: CCC

COMMENT: Lenders gave the auto supplier a 45-day reprieve from meeting financial tests. Says a spokesman: "We continue to be focused on our restructuring."

American Axle

CREDIT RATING: CCC+

COMMENT: Summer shutdowns at General Motors and Chrysler are hurting cash flow at the maker of drivetrains for light cars and trucks.

AMR

CREDIT RATING: B-

COMMENT: As the recession dampens enthusiasm for travel, American Airlines' parent is taking planes out of service and renegotiating loan terms.

Blockbuster

CREDIT RATING: CCC

COMMENT: With bank loans due in August, the video chain agreed to pay an extra 8% in interest in exchange for an extension to September 2010.

Claire's Stores

CREDIT RATING: B-

COMMENT: The teen jewelry retailer reported a $29 million loss in the latest quarter. "We are comfortable with our [capital] position," says a spokeswoman.

Hovnanian

CREDIT RATING: CCC

COMMENT: The homebuilder has been buying back debt at discounts but is still heavily leveraged. "We have sufficient liquidity," says a spokesman.

Realogy

CREDIT RATING: CC

COMMENT: The franchiser of real estate brokerages Century 21 and Coldwell Banker has been hit hard by the real estate bust. Realogy declined to comment.

Saks

CREDIT RATING: B-

COMMENT: The luxury goods retailer has discounted heavily and cut inventory to stem losses and save cash.

Data: Standard & Poor's and the companies


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