NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve's balance sheet grew marginally on the week with increased Treasury securities holdings, Fed data released on Thursday showed.
The Fed's balance sheet - a broad gauge of its lending to the financial system - stood at $2.806 trillion on September 12, up from $2.804 trillion on September 5.
The Fed's holdings of Treasuries totaled $1.651 trillion as of Wednesday versus $1.649 trillion the previous week.
The Fed's overnight direct loans to credit-worthy banks via its discount window averaged $135 million a day during the week compared with a $151 million a day average rate the prior week.
The Fed's ownership of mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) totaled $843.73 billion versus $843.71 billion the previous week.
The Fed's holdings of debt issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank system totaled $87.21 billion, which was unchanged on the week. (Reporting by Chris Reese; Editing by Leslie Adler)