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August 13, 2008 Daily Rate Lock Advisory

August 13th, 2008 12:30 PM by Melanie Mitchell - Team Lead/Listing Specialist

 


Wednesday's bond market has opened up slightly after this morning's economic data showed no surprises. The stock markets are showing early losses with the Dow currently down 98 points and the Nasdaq down 8 points. The bond market is currently up 15/32, but we will likely see little change in this morning's mortgage rates due to weakness in bonds late yesterday.

The Commerce Department gave us July's Retail Sales numbers early this morning, saying that sales fell 0.1% last month. This matched forecasts and hasn't had much of an impact on this morning's bond trading or mortgage rates. The portion of the report that excludes more volatile auto sales showed that sales rose 0.4%, which was slightly below forecasts. That could be considered a bit of good news for bonds, but has not influenced trading as of yet.

Tomorrow morning brings us the release of July's Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is one of the most important reports we see each month s ince it measures inflation at the consumer level of the economy. There are two readings in the report- the overall index and the core data reading. The more important of the two is the core data because it excludes more volatile food and energy prices. Current forecasts call for an increase of 0.4% in the overall and 0.2% in the core data reading. Smaller than expected increases should lead to a bond rally and lower mortgage rates. However, stronger than expected readings will likely cause a spike in mortgage pricing.

Also tomorrow is the weekly release of new unemployment claims by the Labor Department. This release normally has little impact on the bond market or mortgage rates but due to the previous week's spike to 455,000 claims, analysts will likely be watching this data a little closer than usual. Another increase could send bond prices higher and mortgage rates lower, assuming the CPI doesn't reveal stronger than expected inflation readings.

If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Float if my closing was taking place between 8 and 20 days... Float if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Float if my closing was taking place over 60 days from now... This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.

©Mortgage Commentary 2008
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Posted by Melanie Mitchell - Team Lead/Listing Specialist on August 13th, 2008 12:30 PM

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