October 4th, 2009 11:47 AM by Lehel S.
This week brings us only one monthly economic report for the markets to digest and it is not considered to be of high importance. This means that the week will be left mostly up to the stock markets and other influences since there is a lack of factual data for bonds to trade on. In addition to the one report, we also have two relevant Treasury auctions that can also cause movement in rates if demand for them is particularly strong or weak.
The first relevant event of the week is Wednesday's 10-year Treasury Note auction. This sale will give us an important measure of investor interest in longer-term U.S. debt, particularly from international buyers. If there is a strong demand in the sale, we should see the broader bond market rally and mortgage rates move lower. However, a lackluster interest in the sale would likely lead to higher mortgage rates Wednesday afternoon.
The second important sale is Thursday's 30-year Bond sale. It is not as impor tant to mortgage rates as Wednesday's 10-year Note sale is, but it is important enough to influence trading and bond market sentiment. As with Wednesday's sale, a strong demand would be good news for mortgage pricing while a weak interest may lead to upward revisions to rates Thursday afternoon.
The only factual economic data of the week will be posted Friday morning. August's Goods and Services Trade Balance will be released that day, but is not likely to cause much of a change in mortgage pricing. It will give us the size of the U.S. trade deficit, but usually does not lead to significant movement in bond prices or mortgage rates. It is expected to show a $32.9 billion trade deficit.
Overall, I suspect this is going to be fairly quiet week for the bond market and mortgage rates, especially compared to last week. For the most part, I believe the week will be left to the stock markets and the Fed auctions. The most important day of the week is likely W ednesday due to the 10-year Treasury Note sale, but any day of significant stock volatility may make that particular day the most eventful.
The bond market will be closed next Monday in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, but there will not be an early close in trading Friday. The only recognition of the holiday comes next Monday.
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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