DaimlerChrysler, which came to market with its DaimlerChrysler Auto Trust 2006-A last week, was the first major auto ABS issuer to have a deal carrying ratings from Fitch Ratings and only one other rating agency, in this case Standard & Poor's.

Although the trend of having a Fitch rating on deals plus either S&P or Moody's Investors Service started in the real estate ABS sector, it is now gaining acceptance in other asset classes as well.

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