FRANKFURT (MNI) – The European Central Bank said Thursday that a
total of E56.347 billion Eurosystem covered bond purchases had settled
as of June 9.

As of June 8, settled acquisitions had totaled E56.162 billion, the
ECB said Wednesday. The ECB plans to buy a total of around E60 billion
covered bonds by the end of June 2010 at the latest.

The program is aimed at revitalizing a market segment that has been
exceptionally hard hit by the financial turmoil.

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