http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/060515/foreign_buys_us_securities.html?.v=2Foreign Buys of U.S. Securities DeclinesMonday May 15, 7:17 pm ET Treasury Department Data Shows Foreign Purchases of U.S. Securities Totaled $69.8 Billion in March WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign purchases of U.S. securities totaled $69.8 billion in March, according to the latest data from the Treasury Department.March's net buying was down 23 percent from February's foreign net purchases of U.S. securities at $90.5 billion, previously reported as $86.9 billion, the Treasury said Monday in its monthly international capital report.Net foreign buying of U.S. securities in February was also below Wall Street expectations. A survey of five banks by Dow Jones Newswires put the net figure at $74.7 billion during the month.The monthly Treasury report on international capital is considered a rough signal about capital flows. The data are limited by their exclusion of cross-border flows through short-term debt instruments, foreign direct investment and stock swaps.Net foreign buying of U.S. securities in March was less than the reported U.S. trade deficit for the month of $62.0 billion, though analysts say the Treasury Department's monthly data and the trade deficit make for an imperfect comparison.Foreign net purchases of U.S. Treasury notes and bonds fell sharply in March, totaling $3.1 billion compared with $21.9 billion the previous month, Treasury said.
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