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Foreigners sell long-term U.S. assets in October-U.S. Treasury data

NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Foreigners sold long-term U.S. securities in October after buying for eight straight months, data from the U.S. Treasury Department showed on Tuesday.

Foreigners sold $16.6 billion in long-term U.S. assets in October, from purchases of $33.6 billion in September. Including short-term bills, however, overseas investors bought $68.9 billion in October, after selling a revised $172.7 billion in U.S. assets the previous month.

Data also showed foreign investors sold U.S. Treasuries totaling $55.2 billion in October after buying $17.4 billion in September. (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Tom Brown)

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