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Credit standards are a global affair for the world's independent oil and gas explorers as eight different countries are represented in the industry's CSI top ten.  "Capital discipline as part of our DNA." 

A British company that claims it can make money even if oil prices drop to the mid 20s has the highest credit standards out of 84 companies with a CSI score of 1.30, according to the latest data provided by the Credit Standards Index (CSI).  Find out which company in this CreditPulse independent oil & gas industry exclusive. 

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South African oil company once again outpaces its larger competitors in credit standards as the oil and gas majors endure worldwide commodities bust.

Liquidity, the ability of a company to meet its current obligations as measured by dividing current assets by current liabilities, has long been weaker in the oil industry than in other industries, particularly technology.  In 2016, the liquidity and solvency of the world's largest oil and gas companies will be tested.  Find out which ones will pass and fail in this CreditPulse exclusive.

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Once again, Qualcomm has the highest credit standards in the 54-company communication equipment industry of the Credit Standards Index (CSI).

When it comes to credit standards, San Diego-based Qualcomm, Inc. has all the ingredients -- low bad debt, a DSO in the 30s, strong cash flow, high liquidity and incredible solvency.  But the one thing the company doesn't have is a credit department.  Get information on the top companies in the Comm Equip industry in this CreditPulse feature article.

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Small, highly innovative companies with large market caps dominate the top of the CSI rankings for the 125-company software technology industry group.

An array of new software companies with innovative technologies and unprecedented investor support have vaulted to the top of the software technology industry pushing down stalwarts such as Adobe Systems and Activision Blizzard, two software superstars that have served as the industry's credit standards bearers.

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Less than three years after going public, E2open, Inc., a provider of cloud-based software solutions, is acquired by private-equity firm Insight Venture Partners. 

"I'm all about creating a company that's a 25-30% grower, consistently," CEO Mark Woodward told Forbes Magazine in a January 2013 interview that took place just six months after his company, E2open, went public on the Nasdaq.  Read further to get the details of what happened to E2open. 

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A new company sits atop the aerospace and defense industry but these CSI rankings are noteworthy as much for the companies at the bottom than those at the top.  "...never achieved key contractual requirements." 

The company that brought electric-shock technology to police forces around the world, Taser International, Inc., has moved into the top spot in the 36-company aerospace and defense industry group of the Credit Standards Index (CSI).  Find out which companies are at the top and the bottom in the aerospace and defense industry in this CreditPulse exlusive.

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Potash Corp storage facility/Reuters

Chemical companies specializing in agricultural products lead the way in credit standards and also with investors as they occupy three of the top four spots in the chemical industry.

If asked to name the best known chemical companies, chances are The Mosaic Company based in tiny Plymouth, Minnesota would not be one of the first names to roll of your tongue.  But, if asked to name the company with the highest credit standards in the industry, then the Mosaic Company should be the answer is it ranks No. 1.

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Find out how one company went from the bottom to the top of the 82-company medical equipment and supplies industry group of the Credit Standards Index (CSI).

With exotic names like Myocardial Protection System (MPS2), Multi-Analyte Profiling or xMAP and VNS Therapy System, the companies at the top of the medical equipment and supply industry are engaged in producing specialized, state-of-the-art products for the treatment of a variety of illnesses.

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Ranked near the bottom of the Credit Standards Index (CSI), Avon Products has made a practice in recent years of knocking on the wrong doors.  "So totally screwed up in so many ways."

In 2011, Avon Products, Inc., a $11.3 billion cosmetics company based in New York City, wrote-off $257 million of its accounts receivable for an amount equal to approximately 29 percent of its year-end balance sheet figure.  Get more details on the problems at Avon as well as the comments from a Morningstar analyst in this CreditPulse exclusive.

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In only its second year as a public company, Intrepid Potash, Inc., a potash mining firm based in Denver, Colorado, occupies the number one spot in the 2,082-company Credit Standards Index (CSI).

To say that the mining and quarrying industry has caught the attention of investors in the past few years would be an understatement and no company provides a better example of investor favorability than the one that sits atop the latest edition of the CSI -- Intrepid Potash, Inc.

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