FRANKFURT (MNI) – The European Central Bank said Tuesday that a
total of E59.024 billion Eurosystem covered bond purchases had settled
as of June 21.

As of June 18, settled acquisitions had totaled E58.581 billion,
the ECB said Monday. 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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