NEW YORK, July 5 The U.S. Federal Reserve's
balance sheet grew in the latest week with additional holdings
of Treasury debt, Fed data released on Friday showed.
The Fed's balance sheet liabilities, which are a broad gauge
of its lending to the financial system, stood at $3.450 trillion
on July 3, compared with $3.436 trillion on June 26.
The Fed's holdings of Treasuries rose to $1.943 trillion as
of Wednesday, from $1.928 trillion the previous week.
The Fed's ownership of mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie
Mae, Freddie Mac and the Government National
Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) were $1.208 trillion, little
changed from the previous week.
The Fed's holdings of debt issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
and the Federal Home Loan Bank system totaled $69.180 billion
compared with $70.658 billion the previous week.
The Fed's overnight direct loans to credit-worthy banks via
its discount window averaged $36 million a day during the week
versus $24 million a day the previous week.
The release of the weekly data was delayed by a day due to
the U.S. Independence Day holiday on Thursday.