November 24th, 2008 10:07 AM by Lehel Szucs
Monday's bond market has opened well into negative territory as investor interest turns back towards stocks. The stock markets are posting strong gains during morning trading with the Dow up 289 points and the Nasdaq up 52 points. The bond market is currently down 14/32, which will likely push this morning's mortgage rates up slightly from Friday's levels.
The National Association of Realtors reported this morning that home resales in the U.S. fell more than analysts had expected last month. This is fairly good news for bonds but since this data is not considered to be of high importance it has had little impact on today's rates.
The first important data of the week comes early tomorrow morning when we will get the first revision to the 3rd Quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reading. The GDP revision is expected to show a downward revision from last month's preliminary reading of -0.3%. Current forecasts call for a reading of approximately -0.6 %, meaning that there was less economic growth during the third quarter than previously thought. This would be good news for the bond market and mortgage rates.
Late tomorrow morning, November's Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) will be posted. The Conference Board will release the CCI for the month of November at 10:00 AM ET, giving us a measurement of consumer willingness to spend. If consumer confidence is rising, analysts believe that consumers are more apt to make larger purchases, essentially fueling economic growth. This raises inflation concerns and usually pushes mortgage rates higher. Analysts are expecting a small increase from last month's 38.0 reading to somewhere around 39.5. A weaker than expected reading should be good news for mortgage rates, but a stronger than expected reading could push mortgage rates higher tomorrow.
Overall, I believe that it is going to be an active week for the mortgage market. Today or Friday will be the least i mportant day of the week and either tomorrow or Wednesday will be the most important. The bond market will close early Wednesday and remain closed Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. I still expect to see plenty of movement in rates the remaining days, so please be careful and maintain contact with your mortgage professional if you have not locked an interest rate yet.
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... 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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