News that Standard & Poor's Corp. is eyeing RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp. and its units for possible downgrade bruised those issues yesterday, traders said.

RJR Nabisco Inc.'s 8 3/4% notes of 2005 widened by about 30 basis points following the news. The notes were offered at 400 basis points over comparable Treasuries compared to 370 basits points on Wednesday evening.

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