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Fitch raised its outlook on



corporate debt, citing positive financial and operating trends that are expected to continue over the next few quarters.

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The ratings agency raised its outlook to positive from stable. The outlook applies to Nextel's senior unsecured note rating of B+, the senior secured bank facility of BB and the preferred stock rating of B-.

Despite overall softness in the wireless subscriber market, the country's fifth-largest carrier managed to eke out the industry's highest average revenue per user amid sustained new customer acquisitions, the agency said.

Despite the upgrade, Nextel's shares were down 38 cents, or 3.1%, at $12.08 in afternoon trading.