February 4th, 2009 9:42 AM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market has opened in negative territory despite a lack of economic news. The stock markets are showing moderate gains with the Dow up 35 points and the Nasdaq up 6 points. The bond market is currently down 3/32, but we will likely still see an improvement in this morning's mortgage rates of approximately .125 - .250 of a discount point due top strength in bonds late yesterday.
There is no relevant news scheduled for release today. Tomorrow's only data is the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) service index. It is similar to yesterday's manufacturing index but tracks the service sector. If it shows a significant surprise, it may affect bond trading enough to slightly change mortgage rates. However, more times than not its results do not affect rates.
The first of Thursday's two reports is the release December's Factory Orders data. It is similar to last week's Durable Goods Orders report except this one tracks new orders for both durable and non-durable goods. Current forecasts are calling for a decline in new orders of 3.0%. I large variance from forecasts could lead to changes in mortgage pricing.
The only quarterly report being released of any importance is Thursday's Productivity and Costs data for the 4th Quarter. Since a high level of productivity is thought to allow economic growth without inflationary concerns, this data can cause enough movement in the bond market to affect mortgage rates. If it varies greatly from analysts' forecasts of a 1.0% increase, we may see some movement in mortgage rates Thursday.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... 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 financi ng 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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