June 26th, 2009 7:13 PM by Lehel Szucs
Friday's bond market has opened in positive territory again despite stronger than expected results in this morning's economic data. The stock markets are showing losses with the Dow down 56 points and the Nasdaq down 5 points. The bond market is currently up 5/32, but we will likely see little change in this morning's mortgage rates.
May's Personal Income and Outlays data was posted early this morning, revealing a 1.4% jump in income and a 0.3% rise in spending. The spending reading was very close to revised forecasts, but the income reading greatly exceeded forecasts. However, a good portion of that increase was due higher unemployment limits and revised payroll withholdings. Therefore, analysts are taking the spike in stride and not with fear that wage inflation is a threat.
The second report of the day also gave us a stronger than expected reading. The revised reading to the University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment for June came in at 70.8. This was nearly two points higher than forecasts and indicates that consumers were more optimistic about their own financial situations than earlier thought. That is considered negative news for bonds because rising sentiment usually means consumers are more apt to make large purchases in the near future, fueling economic activity.
Yesterday's 7-year Treasury Note sale was also met with a strong demand from investors. Wednesday's 5-year sale went well, helping to set the stage for yesterday's sale. This helped boost bond prices during afternoon trading and eases some concerns about the supply of debt being sold by the Fed, at least temporarily.
Next week is likely to be a very active week for the markets and mortgage rates. There is no relevant data scheduled for release Monday and the markets are closed Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. But, in between are several relevant and important reports with one of them being the almighty monthly Employment report. Look Sunday's weekly preview to detail those reports and their potential impact on mortgage pricing.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Lock 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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