October 9th, 2008 8:06 AM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market has opened in negative territory as the volatility in the stock markets continue. After opening in positive territory, the Dow and Nasdaq have fallen into negative ground. The Dow is currently down 60 points while the Nasdaq has lost 20 points. The bond market is currently down 15/32, but I am not expecting to see much of a change in this morning's mortgage rates.
If the major stock indexes continue to flip flop between positive and negative ground, we will likely see bonds and mortgage rates fluctuate also. Until the markets stabilize, it will be difficult to predict movement in mortgage pricing. However, I still believe that there is more room for stocks to fall, which would likely improve bonds and lower mortgage rates. In fact, I would not be surprised to see the 10,000 Dow benchmark be a ceiling for the immediate future. Accordingly, I am cautiously holding the float recommendations for the time being.
The first news of the week comes this afternoon when the Fed will release the minutes to the last FOMC meeting. These may be a major mover of the markets or could be a non-factor, depending on what they say. The key will be concerns over inflation and the Fed's next move. If the Fed members were concerned about inflationary pressures, we may see the bond market move lower and mortgage rates higher tomorrow afternoon. However, if they indicate that inflation is easing and that a rate increase is not likely in the coming months, we should see the bond market rise and mortgage rates drop during afternoon trading.
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.
If I were consider ing 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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