October 9th, 2008 10:06 AM by Lehel Szucs
Thursday's bond market has opened down sharply despite a lackluster opening in stocks. The stock markets are mixed with the Dow down 16 points and the Nasdaq up 20 points. The bond market is currently down 33/32, which will likely push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .375 - .500 of a discount point.
The markets still seem to be lost and unable to gain and solid traction. I am surprised that bonds are taking as much of a beating today as they are, especially with no solid gains in stocks. However, this could mean some traders feel the bottom is near for the stock markets and that funds are likely to shift back into stocks very soon. Accordingly, we may want to consider locking a rate is still floating and if closing in the immediate future.
There was no monthly or quarterly economic news released today. The only data posted was weekly unemployment figures from the Labor Department. They reported that 478,000 new claims for benefits were filed last week. This was a decline from the previous week's 498,000 claims but was slightly higher than forecasts. But, since this data is not considered to be of high importance since it tracks only a week's worth of claims, it has not been able to help bonds this morning.
August's Goods and Services Trade Balance will be released early tomorrow, 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 $59.0 billion trade deficit.
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... 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 wou ld 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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