January 28th, 2009 10:51 AM by Lehel Szucs
Wednesday's bond market has opened in positive territory despite early stock gains. The stock markets are currently showing noticeable gains with the Dow up 118 points and the Nasdaq up 41 points. The bond market is currently up 2/32, which with yesterday's late gains should improve this morning's mortgage rates by approximately .250 of a discount point.
There is no relevant economic data being released today. Later this afternoon though we will get the results of the year's first FOMC meeting. It will adjourn at 2:15 PM ET but it is expected to yield no change to short-term interest rates and probably will not heavily influence trading or mortgage rates. Traders will be looking for any indication of the Fed's next move in the post meeting statement. However, I am not expecting major impact on the markets or mortgage rates because the Fed can't lower key rates much more. There is little chance of indicating a possible rate hike in the near future, so I do n't believe that this meeting will have the influence they usually do.
Tomorrow morning brings us the release of December's Durable Goods Orders. This data helps us measure manufacturing strength by tracking new orders at U.S. factories for products that are expected to last three or more years. The data often is quite volatile from month to month, but is currently expected to show a decline in orders of 2.0%. A larger than expected drop would be good news for bonds and mortgage rates.
December's New Home Sales report, the sister release to Monday's Existing Home Sales, will be posted late tomorrow morning. It is expected to show another decline in sales of new homes, but is not important enough to heavily influence mortgage pricing.
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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