The ratings agency increased the sovereign one notch to Baa2 with a positive outlook.
The move comes as Spain emerges from one of its deepest recessions in decades, struggles with record high unemployment — with one of four of the workforce out of a job — and fights to narrow one of the eurozone's widest public sector deficits.
Moody's last revised Spain's outlook from negative to stable in December after cutting its rating to one notch above junk in 2012.
The country lost its top credit rating at Standard & Poor's in
"We wanted to acknowledge the progress Spain is making in turning the economy around, rebalancing away from real estate residential investment credit boom toward a more export-orientated model," said
Spain has been at, or close to, recession since a decade-long property bubble burst in 2008, sending millions to the unemployment lines and gutting once-strong domestic demand, a key pillar for the country's economy.
With household and business spending badly damaged, many companies turned beyond Spanish shores, making exports one of the only growth areas in the last few years.
"Not a recovery that is very, very strong, but we feel more confident that there is a sustainable recovery here," Muehlbronner said.
The agency praised Spain's progress on structural reforms, notably labour market reform that has helped make hiring and firing more flexible and a restructuring of the banking sector, hard hit by the property crash.
However, the ratings agency warned that the outlook and rating would face downward pressure if economic improvement or fiscal consolidation stalled.
Spain has one of the highest budget deficits in the euro zone, but has managed to almost halve the size of the gap in the last few years through stringent austerity measures including tax hikes and spending cuts.
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