FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - US net long-term securities transactions have declined larger than expected in January to $56.5 billion, from 90.9 billion in November, according to data released by the US Treasury Department.

Net foreign purchases of long-term U.S. securities were $69.1 billion, from which foreign official institutions purchased a net volume of $35.8 billion, and private foreign investors bought $33.3 billion.

U.S. residents purchased a net $12.6 billion of long-term foreign securities.

Net foreign acquisition of long-term securities, taking into account adjustments, has been estimated to total $45.2 billion in January. Foreign holdings of dollar-denominated short-term U.S. securities, including Treasury Bills increased $34.2 billion, while foreign holdings of Treasury bills increased $15.5 billion.