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Mortgage Rates (2/1/2011)

February 2nd, 2011 8:22 AM by Lehel S.

Tuesday’s bond market is in negative territory following early stock gains and stronger than expected results from an important economic report. The Dow is currently up 89 points while the Nasdaq has 37 points. The bond market is currently down 19/32, which will likely push this morning’s mortgage rates higher by approximately .250 of a discount point.

The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) released their manufacturing index for January late this morning. They announced a reading of 60.8 that exceeded forecasts of 57.5 and that December’s reading was revised higher by 1.5 points. This indicates that more surveyed manufacturers felt business improved during the month than did last month- a sign of a strengthening manufacturing sector and economic growth. That means this data is negative for bonds and mortgage rates because economic growth makes long-term securities such as mortgage related bonds less attractive to investors.

Tomorrow has no government reports scheduled for release or data that is considered likely to impact mortgage rates. However, there are a couple of private sector employment-related reports due to be posted. They normally would not be of much concern, but one of them showed an unexpected spike in new hires recently that caused selling in bonds and an increase in mortgage rates. I still am not too concerned about their results, but the potential does exist that a significant variance in the numbers could lead to changes in mortgage pricing. 

Thursday has a weekly (unemployment figures), monthly (December’s Factory Orders) and a quarterly report (4th quarter Employee Productivity and Costs) all scheduled for release. None of them individually is considered to be highly important, but combined they can move mortgage rates enough to notice if they all show similar results.

If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my clo sing 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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Posted by Lehel S. on February 2nd, 2011 8:22 AM

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