Translating A.M. Bests language always gets a little tricky. I've battled them many a time back in the corporate world, as you need a personal note from God, before it decides to move heaven and earth to your liking. If this were music, this would be tantamount to moving the key from B to B sharp. Rarely do they take large steps, especially in this economy; so moving a company up one iota, is always followed with the "negative outlook" caveat.
In other words, this was a quasi-positive statement, if translated into Latin. Doesn't help, or hurt at this time. Just wish somebody there had a sense of prose.