October 21st, 2008 12:05 PM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market has opened up sharply following early stock losses. The stock markets showing sizable losses, erasing a good portion of yesterday's late rally. The Dow is currently down 2 02 points while the Nasdaq has lost 47 points. The bond market is currently up 22/32, which will likely improve this morning's mortgage rates by approximately .500 of a discount point or .125 in rate.
There is no relevant economic data scheduled for today or tomorrow. As expected, we are seeing the bond market fluctuate with stocks. Since stocks are in selling mode, the recent jump in bond yields has made bonds more attractive to investors. This is especially true with stocks unable to keep solid footing. The result is a significant improvement to this morning's mortgage rates.
With no data scheduled for release tomorrow and only weekly unemployment claims due Thursday, look for similar action in bonds the next two days. I feel there is still more roo m for bonds to improve and mortgage rates to move lower, so I am holding the float recommendation for the time being. However, that may change at any time.
The only other data scheduled for release this week is September's Existing Home Sales Friday morning. This report gives us an indication of housing sector strength and mortgage credit demand. I don't see it having much of an influence on the bond market or mortgage rates, but a reading that varies greatly from analysts' forecasts could lead to a slight change in mortgage pricing. It is expected to show a slight increase in sales from August to September.
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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