November 10th, 2008 10:06 AM by Lehel Szucs
Monday's bond market has opened down slightly following early stock gains. The stock markets have started the week in positive territory with the Dow up 54 points and the Nasdaq up 3 points. The bond market is currently down 2/32, which will likely keep this morning's mortgage rates at Friday's levels.
This week brings us the release of only three relevant economic reports with only one of them being considered highly important. It is a holiday shortened week with the bond market closing at 2:00 PM today and remaining closed tomorrow in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. I am not expecting this early close to impact bond trading enough to affect mortgage pricing.
The first data of the week is September's Goods and Services Trade Balance report Thursday morning. It helps us measure the size of the U.S. trade deficit, but usually is not a major influence on bond trading or mortgage pricing. It does affect the value of the U.S. dollar, which m akes U.S. securities more attractive to international investors when the dollar is strong. This is because the securities' proceeds are worth more when sold and converted to the investor's domestic currency. However, its results will not likely directly lead to changes in mortgage rates.
Overall, look for a fairly quiet week in the mortgage market compared to previous weeks unless something totally unexpected transpires. As long as the stock markets remain fairly calm, I am expecting to see mortgage rates follow suit. The two Treasury auctions that are of the most interest are Wednesday's and Thursday's since they can impact mortgage rates the most. With only one important report being posted and that doesn't come until Friday morning, I am expecting the bond market and mortgage rates to step back and take a breath per se, most likely until Friday's data.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking plac e 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 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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