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U.K. and France boosted holdings of U.S. Treasuries by over 26 percent in April, total international demand for U.S. financial assets slowed. Chinese holdings rose $1.5 billion to $1.15 trillion.
Chris Rupkey of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ said safe haven flows from Europe are driving T-yields down, and expects the trend to continue until Europe stems its crisis.
Net purchases buying of U.S. long-term equities, notes and bonds totaled $25.6 billion during April, versus $36 billion in March, and $45 billion estimated by Bloomberg surveyed economists.