August 12th, 2009 12:22 PM by Lehel Szucs
Wednesday's bond market has opened in negative territory following early stock strength and concerns over today's FOMC meeting adjournment. The stock markets are showing strong gains with the Dow up 130 points and the Nasdaq up 32 points. The bond market is currently down 12/32, which should push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .125 - .250 of a discount point compared to yesterday's morning rates.
This morning's only relevant economic data was June's Trade Balance report that revealed a $27.0 billion deficit. This was smaller than expected, but this data is not considered to be highly important to the markets so its impact on this morning's trading and mortgage rates has been minimal.
It will likely be an active afternoon for the markets and mortgage rates. The results of today's 10-year Treasury Note auction will be posted at 1:00 PM ET and this week's FOMC meeting will adjourn at 2:15 PM ET. Either of these events can lea d to afternoon swings in the financial markets and mortgage rates, so expect to see some afternoon revisions today.
This report will be updated shortly after the markets have an opportunity to react to the FOMC statement, but I am holding my cautious approach towards rates into this afternoon's events. I would not be surprised to see upward revisions to rates later today.
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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