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China dumping more than Treasuries as U.S. stocks join fire sale
By Andrea Wong and Oliver Renick
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
For the past year Chinese selling of Treasuries has vexed investors and served as a gauge of the health of the world’s second-largest economy.
The People's Bank of China, owner of the world's biggest foreign-exchange reserves, burnt through 20 percent of its war chest since 2014, dumping about $250 billion of U.S. government debt and using the funds to support the yuan and stem capital outflows.
While China's sales of Treasuries have slowed, its holdings of U.S. equities are now showing steep declines.
The nation's stash of American stocks sank about $126 billion, or 38 percent, from the end of July through March, to $201 billion, Treasury Department data show. That far outpaces selling by investors globally in that span -- total foreign ownership fell just 9 percent. Meanwhile, China's U.S. government-bond stockpile was relatively stable, dropping roughly $26 billion, or just 2 percent. ...
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