ISTANBUL - Turkey hailed its second investment grade rating on Friday, seeing it as a seal of approval from international markets for a decade of economic reform.
Investors joined in, driving sovereign bond yields to record lows.
Government enthusiasm was tempered, however, by some concern that the move, coinciding with a visit by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to Washington, might trigger over-large capital inflows into the lira currency.
Moody's assigning a Baa3 rating with a stable outlook to Turkey late on Thursday, making it eligible for inclusion in a number of investment-grade only bond indices and adding to the economy's switch from an emerging market to a developed one.
Fitch Ratings lifted Turkey to investment-grade in November, while Standard & Poor's rates Turkey one notch below.