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Foreign interest in Canadian securities bounces back in July: Statscan

09/17/2012 08:55 EDT | Updated 11/17/2012 05:12 EST
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says foreign interest in Canadian securities bounced back in July, with non-resident investors buying $6.7 billion of equity and debt.

The spending follows a large divestment of $7.8 billion in June.

StatsCan says Canadian investment in securities abroad was also up in July, strengthening slightly to $4.6 billion — split evenly between stocks and bonds.

On the foreign side of the ledger, non-resident investors bought $6.1 billion of Canadian bonds, on par with monthly averages since January.

They also added $4.7 billion to their Canadian equities holdings, the largest investment since February 2011, driven by cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

However, foreigners reduced their Canadian money-market holdings by $4.1 billion in July.

Canadians boosted their foreign debt investments by $2.3 billion, mostly drawn to U.S. government debt.

The purchasing was moderated by large-scale shedding of foreign bonds denominated in Canadian dollars.

For the year to date, foreigners have invested $41.2 billion in Canadian securities, down from $54.3 billion a year earlier.

Canadians have invested $13.8 billion in foreign debt and equity so far this year, almost double the $7.1 billion they had spent by this time last year.