June 5th, 2008 10:29 AM by Lehel Szucs
Thursday's bond market has opened in negative territory again as investors prepare for tomorrow's big news. Also hurting bonds this morning are sizable stock gains that has the Dow up 128 points and the Nasdaq up 30 points. The bond market is currently down 8/32, which with yesterday's late sell-off, will push this morning's mortgage higher by approximately .500 of a discount point compared to yesterday's morning rates.
The only data posted this morning was last week's unemployment claims. The Labor Department said that 357,000 new claims for benefits were filed last week. This was lower than the 372,000 that was expected and created some concern in the bond market that tomorrow's monthly report may reveal stronger than expected numbers.
The Labor Department will post May's Employment data early tomorrow morning. This report gives us key employment readings such as the U.S. unemployment rate and the number of jobs added or lost during the month. Analysts are expecting to see the unemployment rate climb to 5.1% with approximately a loss of 60,000 jobs during the month. A higher than expected increase in the unemployment rate and a larger drop in payrolls would be great news for the bond market. It would probably create a sizable rally in bonds, leading to lower mortgage rates tomorrow.
But, if we see stronger than expected numbers in tomorrow's results, we will likely see bonds tumble and mortgage rates spike higher. There is little doubt that tomorrow's news will create volatility in the markets and quite possibly mortgage pricing. Accordingly, proceed with caution if still floating an interest rate.
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... Lock if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Lock 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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