U.S. Fed buys $19.3 bln mortgage bonds, sells none

NEW YORK, Oct 4 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve bought $19.3 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, less than the $21.9 billion it bought in the prior week, the New York Fed said on Thursday.

The U.S. central bank sold no mortgage securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae , Freddie Mac or the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) in the latest week, compared with $1.80 billion sold the previous week, the New York Fed said on its website.

On Sept. 14, the Fed began a $40 billion monthly increase in MBS purchases, its third round of large-scale bond buying known as QE3, in an attempt to support the housing recovery and boost overall economic growth.

Since October 2011, the Fed has been using funds from principal payments on the agency debt and agency MBS it holds to reinvest in agency MBS, which was an earlier move to help the housing market.

(Reporting by Richard Leong; Editing by Dale Hudson)

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