U.S. Fed buys $8.7 billion of mortgage bonds, sells none

NEW YORK, May 7 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve bought $8.709 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities in the week

from Apr. 30 to May. 6, compared with $6.856 billion purchased the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday.

In a move to help the housing market begun in October 2011, the U.S. central bank has been using funds from principal payments

on the agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, or MBS, it holds to reinvest in agency MBS.

The New York Fed said on its website the Fed sold no mortgage securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae <FNMA.OB>,

Freddie Mac <FMCC.OB> or the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae,

in the latest week. It sold none the prior week.

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