December 19th, 2008 9:14 PM by Lehel Szucs
Friday's bond market has opened in negative territory following early stock gains and a lack of economic data to drive trading. The stock markets are reacting favorably to news of an approval to use bailout funds U.S. automakers. However, the rally has lost some steam as the major indexes are well off earlier highs. The Dow is currently up 95 points but was up 180 points earlier while the Nasdaq has gains 25 points.
The bond market is currently down 14/32, which will likely push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .250 of a discount point over yesterday's morning rates. I still think there is not much chance of rates improving considerably lower than current levels, at least not in the immediate future. Accordingly, we should proceed cautiously if still floating an interest rate and closing in the immediate future.
There is no relevant economic news scheduled for release today. I am expecting the bond market and mortgage rates to remain near current levels, as long as the stock markets don't rally past earlier highs or give up much more of their current gains. As long as stocks remain fairly calm this afternoon, I believe mortgage pricing will also.
Next week brings us the release of a handful of economic reports for the markets to digest. There are only two that can be considered of somewhat high importance to mortgage rates and neither are scheduled for release Monday. Look for details on next week's events in Sunday's weekly preview.
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... Lock 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 intere st of all/any other borrowers.
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