September 10th, 2008 12:47 PM by Lehel Szucs
Wednesday's bond market has opened in negative territory as investors sell holdings to capture profits from the recent rally. Stock gains are also contributing to the weakness in bonds with the Dow up 80 points and the Nasdaq up 12 points. The bond market is currently down 20/32, but we will likely see a slight improvement in mortgage rates due to strength in bonds late yesterday.
There is no relevant economic news scheduled for release today. Tomorrow brings us the the release of the first economic report of the week but it is not considered to be of high importance. July's Goods and Services Trade Balance data will be posted tomorrow morning, giving us the size of the U.S. trade deficit. It is expected to show a deficit of approximately $58.0 billion, which would be an increase from June's $56.8 billion. However, I would consider this the least important of this week's releases, meaning it will likely have little impact on bond trading or mortgage rates. < br />Also tomorrow is the release of weekly unemployment figures. The Labor Department is expected to show that 440,000 new claims for benefits were filed last week. A significantly higher or lower number may influence trading enough to affect mortgage rates. However, it is more likely that this release will have little impact on rates, especially with the important data that is scheduled for release Friday morning.
We will see three relevant reports posted Friday, two of which are very important to the markets. They are August's Retail Sales report and Producer Price Index (PPI) and September's University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment. This makes Friday the most important day of the week, meaning we may see plenty of movement in rates Friday.
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 cl osing 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.