October 16th, 2009 12:56 PM by Lehel S.
Friday's bond market has opened in positive territory following a weak open in stocks. The stock markets are in selling mode during early trading with the Dow down 110 points and the Nasdaq down 28 points. Weaker than expected earnings reports from a couple of major names is the main reason for the early selling in stocks. The bond market is currently up 9/32, but we will likely still see an increase in this morning's mortgage rates of approximately .250 of a discount point due to weakness late yesterday.
There were two reports released this morning, but neither can be considered highly important to the markets or mortgage rates. September's Industrial Production data was the first, revealing a 0.7% increase in industrial output last month. This was much stronger than forecasts, meaning that production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities exceeded expectations. This can be considered negative news for bonds, but fortunately the bond market has not had mu ch of a reaction to this news.
The last report of the week was October's preliminary reading to the University of Michigan's Index of Consumer Sentiment late this morning. It came in at 69.4, well below forecasts of 73.5. This indicates that consumers were less optimistic about their own financial situations than many had thought. That is good news for the bond market because falling levels of consumer confidence usually means consumers are less likely to make large purchases in the near future, limiting gains in economic activity. However, this report is considered to be only moderately important to the markets and has not had a major influence on this morning's trading or mortgage rates.
Next week brings us a handful of relevant economic reports for the markets to digest. Only one of them is considered very important, meaning it has the potential of significantly affecting mortgage rates. The rest are either of moderate or low importance, which means that they may affect mortgage rates slightly. None of the week's relevant data is being posted Monday, therefore, the stock markets are likely to influence bond trading and mortgage rates. Look for more details on next week's events in Sunday's weekly preview.
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 between 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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