Moody's changes forecast on Venezuela's Pdvsa bonds
State-run oil company Pdvsa's debt bonds were downgraded to negative amidst uncertainty over a political succession of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez
However, Moody's has reaffirmed both Venezuela's B1-B2 oil industry bond ratings in local currency and foreign currency, respectively.
"Actions concerning the rating of Venezuela's bonds express the growing uncertainty amid the political succession of President (Hugo) Chávez, and the impact of a looming transition in civil order, the economy, and a visibly deteriorated fiscal position," Moody's explained in a statement cited by Reuters.
Since the Venezuelan government imposed currency and price controls in 2003 property rights have been seriously affected, as the individual's freedom to acquire, use, enjoy and dispose of property has been severely restricted, according to experts.