November 12th, 2008 9:32 AM by Lehel Szucs
Wednesday's bond market has opened in positive territory as investors shift funds from stocks into bonds. This has pushed the stock indexes significantly lower again with the Dow down 312 points and the Nasdaq down 46 points. The bond market is currently up 14/32, which should improve this morning's mortgage rates by approximately .125 - .250 of a discount point over Monday's rates. The bond market was closed yesterday in observance of the Veteran's Day holiday.
There is no relevant data being released today, but we will get the results of today's 10-year Treasury Note auction at 1:00 PM ET. These results can influence bond trading enough to affect mortgage rates this afternoon. If the sale was met with a strong demand from investors, bonds will likely rally and mortgage rates should fall. However, a lackluster interest could lead to weakness in bonds and higher mortgage rates.
The first economic data of the week is September's Goods and Service s 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 makes 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. The two Treasury auctions that are of the most interest are today's and Thursday's since they can impact mortgage rates the most. But there is only one important report being posted and that doesn't come until Friday morning.
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 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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