November 4th, 2008 10:00 AM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market has opened up slightly despite sizable stock gains during early trading. The stock markets are strong this morning with the Dow up 262 points and the Nasdaq up 42 points. The bond market is currently up 2/32, which will likely improve this morning's mortgage rates by approximately .125 of a discount point.
Today's only relevant data came from the Commerce Department who posted September's Factory Orders report. It showed a decline of 2.5% that was an improvement from August's 4/3% drop, but was also much weaker than the 0.8% decline that was expected. This means that new orders at U.S. factories fell much more than thought and indicates a rapidly slowing manufacturing sector. This is good news for bonds and mortgage rates.
There is no important data scheduled for release tomorrow. Thursday's sole important report is the 3rd Quarter Productivity reading. The productivity index is expected to show a level of worker productivi ty during the third quarter much lower than last quarter's final reading of 4.3%. Analysts have forecasted a 1.0 rise in worker output. A larger increase would be good news for the bond market because high levels of productivity helps the economy to expand without inflationary pressures being a concern.
We also will get weekly unemployment figures from the Labor Department early tomorrow morning. It is expected to show that new claims for benefits fell slightly to 476,000 last week. While this data usually does not have much of an impact on the markets because it tracks only a week's worth of claims, tomorrow's release may be a little more influential than usual. This is because the release will cover the last full week of October and with Friday's monthly report coming out for the entire month, traders will be looking for any significant change in claims that may alter their estimates for the monthly report.
If I were considering financing/refinanci ng a home, I would.... Float 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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