February 10th, 2009 11:48 AM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market has opened well into positive territory as last night's speech by President Obama and his bank bailout plan are being received favorably. The stock markets are not reacting as well to the news with the Dow down 295 points and the Nasdaq down 49 points. The bond market is currently up 28/32, which should improve this morning's mortgage rates by approximately .250 - .375 of a discount point.
Fed Chairman Bernanke will be speaking before the House Financial Services Committee at 1:00 PM ET today. He is expected to testify and update the panel on the Fed's liquidity injections and future plans. His words could create movement in the markets and possibly mortgage pricing during afternoon trading. After this morning's warm reception to the President's plan, I don't think that it is likely that we will have a negative reaction to Chairman Bernanke's testimony.
However, this week begins the quarterly refunding or sales of government debt that has had traders so concerned about recently. We will likely see more volatility as the week goes on, and as the sales take place. A total of $67 billion in new debt is being sold this week, which had raised concern about demand for current debt already in the market. That is what has pressured bonds recently and helped drive mortgage rates higher. If the market can get by that stigma or concern, we could see mortgage rates rally in the coming weeks.
There was no relevant data scheduled for release this morning. Tomorrow brings us the first of this week's three releases when the least important of them, December's Goods and Services Trade Balance, will be posted. This report measures the U.S. trade deficit and can affect the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies, but it usually does not cause enough movement in bond prices to affect mortgage rates.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I w ould.... 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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