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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Fitch Ratings today upgraded several ratings for Agilent Technologies, including its issuer default rating to BBB+ from BBB.

In addition, Fitch upgraded the Santa Clara, Calif.-based life sciences, electronics measurement, and semiconductor firm's senior unsecured revolving credit facility and senior secured notes to BBB+ from BBB.

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