June 16, 2017 / 12:44 PM / 3 months ago

Foreigners buy C$10.6 bln of Canadian securities in April

June 16 (Reuters) - - Foreign investors bought a net C$10.60 billion ($8.01 billion) in Canadian securities in April, mainly in government debt, after buying C$15.05 billion in securities in March, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

Canadian investors sold a net C$9.87 billion worth of foreign securities, led by foreign debt and equities, which was the largest divestment since January 2006. That followed a C$15.42 billion net purchase of securities in March.

Net foreign investment in Canadian securities (blns of Canadian dollars)

Apr Mar(rev) Mar(prev)

Total +10.602 +15.053 +15.131

Bonds +12.968 +8.861 +8.859

Stocks -1.274 +3.248 +3.328

Money markets -1.092 +2.944 +2.944

Net Canadian investment in foreign securities (blns of Canadian

dollars)

Apr Mar(rev) Mar(prev)

Total -9.868 +15.418 +15.412

Bonds -4.063 -1.824 -1.824

Stocks -5.730 +16.153 +16.147

Money markets -0.074 +1.089 +1.089

($1=$1.3235 Canadian)

Reporting by Dale Smith; Editing by Leah Schnurr; leah.schnurr@thomsonreuters.com; +1 613 235 6745; Reuters Messaging: leah.schnurr.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net

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