Moody's In-vestors Service last week put the long-term debt and preferred stock ratings of Money Store Inc. on review for possible downgrading.

The rating agency cited the increasingly challenging environment of the subprime lending business as the reason for the review. It will focus on Money Store's asset quality and home equity prepayment trends, as well as leverage.

Moody's will also examine the finance company's medium-term strategy for growth and its business mix, the rating agency said.

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