June 22nd, 2009 10:30 AM by Lehel Szucs
Monday's bond market has opened in positive territory following heavy selling in stocks. The stock markets are starting the week with the Dow down 135 points and the Nasdaq down 43 points. The bond market is currently up 16/32, which should improve this morning's mortgage rates approximately .375 - .500 of a discount point over Friday's morning rates.
There is no relevant economic news scheduled for release today. Tomorrow brings us the first data with the release of May's Existing Home Sales report. The National Association of Realtors will give us figures on last month's home resales. This data helps us measure housing sector strength and mortgage credit demand, but it is one of the lesser important reports of the week. It is expected to show an increase in sales from April to May.
The FOMC meeting that begins tomorrow will adjourn Wednesday afternoon. It is widely expected that Mr. Bernanke and company will not change key short-term interest rates at this meeting. But, as we have seen so many times in the past, it is the post meeting statement that often creates the most volatility in the markets. They could give an opinion of the overall economy or inflation, hinting at a possible future move or lack of one. Statements like these could cause a knee-jerk reaction in the markets and possibly mortgage pricing Wednesday afternoon.
Overall, there are six reports scheduled for release this week in addition to the FOMC meeting. The most active day should be Wednesday due to the importance of the data and FOMC meeting. Friday's news may also affect mortgage rates, but likely not as much as earlier days. This would definitely be a good week to maintain constant contact with your mortgage professional.
Also worth noting is the fact that the Fed will be selling $104 billion in new debt this week. These sales may influence trading enough to affect mortgage rates. There are sales every day except Friday but the two most likely to affect rates are Wednesday and Thursday's sales. If they are met with a strong demand, we could see bond prices rise some during afternoon trading. This could lead to afternoon improvements to mortgage rates. But, if the sales draw a lackluster interest from investors, mortgage rates may move higher during afternoon trading.
If I were considering financing/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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