May 12th, 2008 11:58 AM by Lehel Szucs
Monday's bond market has opened up slightly despite early stock gains. The stock markets are kicking the week off in positive territory with the Dow up 75 points and the Nasdaq up 19 points. The bond market is currently up 6/32, but we will likely see a slight increase in rates as a result of weakness late Friday.
The week's first piece of data is April's Retail Sales report early tomorrow morning. This is an extremely important report for the financial markets as it measures consumer spending. Since consumer spending makes up two-thirds of the U.S. economy, this data can have a pretty significant impact on the markets. Current forecasts are calling for a drop in sales of 0.2% from March to April. A weaker than expected level of sales should push bond prices higher and mortgage rates lower tomorrow. However, a larger increase could fuel bond selling and lead to higher mortgage rates.
Wednesday's only relevant report is April's Consumer Price Inde x (CPI). It is similar to next week's PPI report, but measures inflationary pressures at the more important consumer level of the economy. Its results will be watched closely and can lead to significant volatility in the bond market and mortgage pricing. Current forecasts are calling for increases of 0.3% and 0.2% respectively in the overall index and the core data readings. The core data is the more important of the two since it excludes more volatile food and energy prices.
Overall, it likely will be a moderately active week for mortgage rates. Besides the week's important economic news, look for the stock markets to be a major influence on trading. I suspect we will see a fair amount of volatility in stocks, which should affect bond prices. Significant stock weakness should translate into bond gains and lower mortgage rates. However, if the major stock indexes rally, we could see mortgage rates move higher as a result.
If I were considering finan cing/refinancing a home, I would.... Float 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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