May 12th, 2009 10:43 AM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market has opened down slightly with no important economic news scheduled for release today. The stock markets are showing minor losses with the Dow down 6 points and the Nasdaq down 17 points. The bond market is currently down 4/32, but we will still likely see an improvement in this morning's mortgage rates of approximately .125 - .250 of a discount point due to strength late yesterday.
March's Goods and Services Trade Balance report was posted this morning, revealing a trade deficit of $27.6 billion. This figure was below forecasts, but since this data is not considered to be highly important, its impact on this morning's trading has been minimal.
The first important piece of data comes tomorrow morning when April's Retail Sales report will be released. 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 ha ve a pretty significant impact on the markets. Current forecasts are calling for a 0.1% decline in sales 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.
Thursday brings us another important report with the release of April's Producer Price Index (PPI). This index helps us measure inflationary pressures at the producer level of the economy. If it reveals weaker than expected readings, indicating inflation is not a concern at the producer level, we should see the bond and stock markets rally. The overall index is expected to show an increase of 0.1%, while the core data that excludes food and energy prices is also expected to rise 0.1%. A smaller than expected increase in the core data would be ideal for mortgage shoppers.
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 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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