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 Treasury International Capital (TIC) Data for February


4/15/2004

FROM THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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Treasury International Capital (TIC) data for February are released today and posted on the U.S. Treasury web site ( www.treas.gov/tic). The next release date, which will report on data for March is scheduled for May 17, 2004.

Domestic Securities

Gross purchases of domestic securities by foreigners were $1,439.4 billion in February, exceeding gross sales of domestic securities by foreigners of $1,354.4 billion during the same month.

Foreign purchases of domestic securities reached $85.0 billion on a net basis in February, relative to $100.3 billion during the previous month. Private net flows reached $62.7 billion in February. Net private purchases of Treasury Bonds and Notes increased to $20.9 billion from $20.0 billion the preceding month. Net private purchases of Government Agency Bonds declined to $18.4 billion from $23.4 billion the previous month. Net private purchases of Corporate Bonds rose to $21.1 billion from $12.5 billion the previous month. Net private purchases of Equities declined to $2.3 billion from $13.4 billion.

Official net purchases of U.S. securities were $22.3 billion in February, relative to $31.0 billion in January. Official net purchases of Treasury Bonds and Notes of $16.1 billion accounted for the bulk of official inflows in February, down from $26.9 billion the previous month.

Foreign Securities

Gross purchases of foreign securities owned by U.S. residents were $401.9 billion in February, relative to gross sales of foreign securities to U.S. residents of $403.5 billion during the same month.

Gross sales of foreign securities to U.S. residents exceeded purchases by $1.6 billion, highlighting a net U.S. acquisition of $2.3 billion in Foreign Equities and net U.S. sales of $0.7 billion in Foreign Bonds.

Net Long-Term Securities Flows

Net foreign purchases of long-term securities from U.S. residents were $83.4 billion in February compared with $92.0 billion in January. Net foreign purchases of long-term securities were $818.5 billion in the 12-months through February 2004 as compared to $592.8 billion during the twelve months through February 2003.

The full February data set, including adjustments for repayments of principal on asset-backed securities, as well as historical series, can be found on the TIC web site, http://www.treas.gov/tic/.

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