NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Fitch Ratings today affirmed BBB+ ratings for about $2.8 billion of Agilent Technologies' debt, noting the firm's ongoing revenue diversification and conservative financial policies.

Fitch issued BBB+ ratings on Agilent's issuer default rating, senior unsecured revolving credit facility, and senior unsecured notes. The ratings affect about $2.8 billion of debt, including an undrawn $400 million revolving credit facility that expires in 2016, the ratings firm said.

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