Fall in foreign buyers

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Net foreign purchases of US domestic securities were down to $53.6 billion in April compared with $58.9bn in March, according to the US Treasury’s cross-border reporting system, Treasury International Capital System. Analysts say the weaker inflow was considerably lower than consensus estimates of $70bn.

Private purchases of Treasury bonds and notes declined dramatically to $10.7bn from $42.8bn in the preceding month. Net private purchases of corporate bonds were also down to $18.1bn from $22.3b

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