June 9th, 2008 10:54 AM by Lehel Szucs
Monday's bond market has opened down sharply as investors turn away from inflation sensitive investments. The stock markets are mixed by a wide margin with the Dow up 110 points and the Nasdaq down 14 points. The bond market is currently down 30/32, which will likely push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .250 - .375 of a discount point. I also would not be surprised to see further upward revisions sometime today as the bond market appears likely to continue its selling.
There was no relevant economic news released today. The week's first but least important data is April's Goods and Services Trade Balance report tomorrow morning. This report gives us the size of the U.S. trade deficit and will be released at 8:30 AM. It isn't likely to cause much movement in the markets or mortgage rates, but nevertheless forecasts are expecting to see a $59.5 billion deficit.
Late Wednesday, the Federal Reserve will release its Beige Book. This data details economic conditions throughout the U.S. by region. It is relied upon heavily by the Federal Reserve during FOMC meetings when determining monetary policy. If it shows slowing economic activity, the bond market may thrive and mortgage rates could drop shortly after the 2:00 PM ET release. If it reveals signs of inflation growing, we could see mortgage rates revise higher Wednesday afternoon.
Overall, it is going to be a fairly busy week for the financial markets. I feel that Friday will be the single most important day of the week with the release of the CPI, but Thursday also is likely to bring significant movement in rates due to the Retail Sales report being released. Accordingly, this would be a very good week to maintain fairly constant contact with your mortgage professional.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Lock if my closing was taking place betw een 8 and 20 days... Lock if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Lock 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.
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