January 13th, 2009 1:44 PM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market opened in negative territory as traders prepare for the next three day's economic releases. The stock markets are showing minor gains with the Dow up 6 points and the Nasdaq up 14 points. The bond market is currently down 9/32, which will likely push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .125 of a discount point.
Today's only economic data wasn't considered to be relevant but its surprise reading is worth noting. The Commerce Department reported that the U.S. Trade Deficit stood at $40.4 billion in November, down sharply from the $56.7 billion in October. This data usually is not of much importance to the markets or mortgage rates, but it did catch the attention of traders since it was its lowest reading in 5 years. The data has not had much of an influence on this morning's mortgage rates since the large decline is being attributed to the huge drop in oil prices. However, more eyes will be watching next month's relea se, which may allow it to impact bond trading and possibly mortgage pricing.
Tomorrow kicks off the week's important releases with December's Retail Sales data being posted during early morning trading. This Commerce Department report measures consumer spending by tracking sales at retail establishments in the U.S. Since consumer spending makes up two-thirds of the U.S. economy, any related data is watched closely. Current forecasts are calling for a decline in sales of approximately 1.2%. A larger drop would be good news for bonds and mortgage rates.
Thursday and Friday will also be important days due to the PPI being posted Thursday and the very important CPI on Friday. There is also other data scheduled for release Friday, so I am expecting to see a fair amount of movement in mortgage rates over the next three days.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Float 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.
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