NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve's balance sheet rose in the latest week with increased holdings of U.S. government debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, Fed data released on Thursday showed.
The Fed's balance sheet - a broad gauge of its lending to the financial system - stood at $2.911 trillion on January 9, compared with $2.899 trillion on January 2.
The Fed's holdings of Treasuries totaled $1.676 trillion as of Wednesday from $1.666 trillion the previous week.
The Fed's ownership of mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie Mae
The Fed's holdings of debt issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank system was $76.36 billion from $76.78 billion the prior week.
The Fed's overnight direct loans to credit-worthy banks via its discount window averaged $7 million a day during the week compared with a $28 million a day average rate the prior week.
(Reporting by Chris Reese; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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