November 22nd, 2008 11:18 AM by Lehel Szucs
Friday's bond market has opened sharply lower, giving back much of its gains from the past two days. The stock markets are showing gains but no major rebound from yesterday's beating. The Dow is currently up 35 points after falling 444 points yesterday while the Nasdaq has gained 8 points. The bond market is not having a good day, currently down 39/32, as investors shift funds back out of bonds. This will likely push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .375 of a discount point.
Today's losses effectively erase yesterday's rally that pushed yields on the major Treasury bonds and Notes to their lowest levels since 1962. As is often the case, the funds will move out of bonds just as quickly, if not faster as they flowed in. The result usually is a spike in mortgage pricing as investors move away from the safety appeal that led to funds being moved into bonds earlier this week.
There is no relevant economic data scheduled for rel ease today. I would not be surprised to see further volatility in the stock and bond markets as the day progresses. This may affect mortgage rates this afternoon if bonds recover some of their losses or fall much further form their current levels.
Next week is pretty busy in terms of economic releases scheduled to be posted but also is a holiday shortened week. Monday brings us the release of October's Existing Home Sales data that will give us a measurement of housing sector strength. It is expected to show a decline in home resales last month. But look for more details on next week's data and events in Sunday's weekly preview of the upcoming week.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock 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... T his 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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