May 5th, 2009 10:37 PM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market has opened flat following a relatively calm opening for stocks and a lack of any significant surprises in this morning's testimony by Fed Chairman Bernanke. The stock markets are showing somewhat minor losses at the moment with the Dow down 27 points and the Nasdaq down 29 points. The bond market is currently nearly unchanged from yesterday's close, but we should still see an improvement in this morning's mortgage rates of a approximately .125 of a discount point due to strength late yesterday.
There was no important economic news scheduled for release today. But Chairman Bernanke is giving his speech before a Joint Economic Committee. His headline comment was that the economy will likely begin to expand later this year, effectively ending the recession. However, he also stated that activity and a broader expansion will be slow and that unemployment may rise further. Overall, it can be considered a cautiously optimistic outlook, whic h doesn't differ greatly from many analysts' predictions.
There is no relevant economic news scheduled for release tomorrow. The Treasury will sell 10-year Notes tomorrow and post results of the sales at 1:30 PM ET. If it was met with a strong demand, we should see bond prices rise during afternoon trading. If the reaction is strong in the market, it could lead to afternoon improvements to mortgage rates. The flip side of that though, is a weak interest from buyers that could lead to bond selling and higher mortgage rates late tomorrow.
The Labor Department will release its 1st Quarter Productivity and Costs data early Thursday morning and April's Employment figures Friday morning. Thursday's report is fairly important, but Friday's data is one of the most important reports we see each month.
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 takin g 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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