Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart Thursday said the central bank's bond-buying quantitative easing program is likely to persist after mid-year.

"My own sense of this is that it's just probably going to be a struggle to see by mid-year a clear indication that the outlook for the labor markets are in a sort of new phase and it's quite optimistic," Lockhart said in comments at the Bloomberg Global Markets Summit.

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