Vendors anticipated hearing May 27, the Friday after ASR's deadline, whether they could bid on the contract to build and operate a repository to collect and make available data for loans backing European RMBS, a project several steps ahead of a similar effort in the U.S.

"Winners and losers in the RFP process are probably going to be notified Friday afternoon," said Paul Burdell, secretary of the Market Group, a consortium of participants in the ABS market established to advise the selection of the data warehouse constructor.

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