October 3rd, 2008 10:05 AM by Lehel Szucs
Friday's bond market has opened in negative territory despite favorable results from the Employment report that was posted this morning. The stock markets are rallying as optimism about the House approving the bailout plan grows. The result is a 201 point gain in the Dow and the Nasdaq rising 57 points. The bond market is currently down 24/32, which will likely push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .250 of a discount point.
The Labor Department reported this morning that the U.S. Unemployment Rate remained at 6.1% last month, as it was in August. The good news came in the form of the number of payrolls lost and the average earnings reading. Today's report showed that 159,000 jobs were lost during the month, exceeding the 105,000 loss that was expected. It was also the ninth consecutive monthly loss and the biggest monthly decline since March 2003. The average hourly earnings was forecasted to rise 0.3%, but rose only 0.2%. Both of those readings are favorable to bonds and mortgage rates because they indicate that the employment sector is still weakening and that wages are not rising as quickly as thought.
I would not be surprised to see afternoon revisions to mortgage rates if stock prices continue to rise or give back their current gains. The bond market has been at the mercy of stocks the past two weeks and we may see more volatility this afternoon as the debate about the bailout measure continues. The House could bring the bill to a vote this afternoon, which may heavily influence the markets and mortgage rates. It the vote appears likely to pass, the stock markets will likely rise and bond prices will fall, leading to higher mortgage rates. However, if concern rises that the vote will fail, we could see stock prices fall and bond prices rise enough to improve mortgage pricing this afternoon.
Next week is very light in terms of economic releases scheduled. There is littl e relevant data on the calendar for next week, but we will get the minutes from the last FOMC meeting. Look for more details on next week's event s 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... 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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