August 4th, 2009 11:40 AM by Lehel Szucs
Tuesday's bond market opened relatively flat but has since fallen into negative territory following an uneventful open in stocks and no major surprises in this morning's economic data. The stock markets are showing modest gains with both the Dow and Nasdaq up a couple of points. The bond market is nearly currently down 10/32 from yesterday's close, which will likely push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .125 of a discount point.
This morning's only relevant economic data was June's Personal Income and Outlays data. It showed a 1.3% drop in income and a 0.4% rise in spending last month. The income reading was weaker than expected, but a sizable decline was forecasted anyhow. The spending reading exceeded the 0.3% increase that was expected, meaning consumers spent a little more last month than thought. The drop in income can be considered positive for bonds, but the higher than expected spending figure offsets the positive news in the income reading. In other words, this morning's data had little influence on this morning's mortgage rates.
Tomorrow morning brings us the release of June's Factory Orders data. This report helps us measure manufacturing sector strength by tracking orders for both durable and non-durable goods during the month of June. It is similar to last week's Durable Goods Orders report that tracks only orders for big-ticket items. Since a significant portion of the data was released last week, this report may not have as big of an impact on the markets as you may think. Analysts are expecting to see an increase of approximately 0.5% in new orders. A smaller than expected increase would be considered good news for bonds and mortgage pricing.
There is no relevant monthly or quarterly economic news scheduled for release Thursday, but Friday's data is a different story. That is when we will see the almighty monthly Employment report. It has the potential to erase a w eek's worth of gains or recover a week's worth of losses in mortgage rates. With no data scheduled for release Thursday, I would not be surprised to see pressure in bonds as investors prepare for that release.
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... 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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