December 3rd, 2008 12:35 PM by Lehel Szucs
Wednesday's bond market has opened in negative territory despite the release of favorable economic news. The stock markets are in positive ground with the Dow up 87 points and the Nasdaq up 25 points. The bond market is currently down 17/32, which will likely push this morning's mortgage pricing higher by approximately .250 of a discount point.
The revised reading to the 3rd Quarter Productivity report was posted this morning, showing an upward revision in productivity. What was previously estimated as a 1.1% rate was expected to be lowered to 0.9%. However, today's release revealed a 1.3% annual rate, which means that workers were more productive than previously thought. That is considered good news for bonds and mortgage rates.
The Fed Beige Book will be released at 2:00 PM ET this afternoon. This report, which is named after the color of its cover, details economic conditions by region. It is relied on heavily during the FOMC meetings when determining monetary policy, so it results can influence bond trading and mortgage rates if it shows any significant surprises. I am expecting it to show significant signs of economic weakness and easing inflationary pressures. But, I believe the market has this news already built into it so the news may not lead to improvements in rates this afternoon.
Tomorrow's only monthly report is October's Factory Orders. This report is similar to last week's Durable Goods Orders release except that this one includes orders for both durable and non-durable goods. This data usually isn't a major influence on bond trading, but we may see it cause some movement in mortgage rates if it varies greatly from forecasts. Analysts are expecting to see a drop in orders of approximately 4.5%.
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... Lock 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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