LONDON (–Barra Inc. introduced its credit risk analysis tool, Barra Credit, in Europe.

Barra Credit is designed to give users earlier warnings on credit defaults, calculating default probabilities, an implied rating on an issue and credit analysis based on the credit default swap market (see).

The system, available as an application service provider, was launched in January for U.S. companies and with the addition of European companies now includes more than 8,000 issuers in its database.

Earlier this month, Barra agreed to be purchased by index firm Morgan Stanley Capital International Inc., New York, (see).