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Moody's revises HSBC, Hang Seng Bank, and Dah Sing Bank ratings outlook to negative

The rating action reflects expectations of a more challenging operating environment for banks in Hong Kong, Moody’s noted.

These three banks' current impaired loan ratios are exceptionally low at below 0.6 percent, due to benign operating conditions in Hong Kong since the global financial crisis. However, the expected deterioration in operating conditions will likely lead them to report increases in impaired loans in coming years, Moody’s said.