September 26th, 2008 9:37 AM by Lehel Szucs
Friday's bond market has opened in positive territory following a negative open in stocks and weaker than expected economic news. The markets are reacting more to news of the possible failure of the Fed bailout than today's economic data. The stock markets are showing losses with the Dow down 32 points and the Nasdaq down 16 points. The bond market is currently up 11/32, but I don't believe we will see much of a change in this morning's mortgager rates.
Neither of today's economic releases are considered to be of high importance, but both gave us results that were favorable to bonds. The first was the final revision to the 2nd Quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that showed a revised rate of growth of 2.8%. This was a sizable downward revision to the previous estimate of a 3.3% annual rate and lower than analysts had expected for this revision. This means that the economy grew at a slower rate than many had thought during the 2nd quarter of the year.
The second report of the day and the final report of the week was the revised reading of the University of Michigan's Index of Consumer Sentiment. The preliminary reading that was released earlier this month revealed a 73.1 reading, but today's update showed a 70.3 reading. This was also lower than forecasts and hints that consumers are less optimistic about their own financial situations than thought, which usually means they are less likely to make large purchases in the near future.
Next week is packed with economic news for the markets to digest. There is relevant data scheduled for release every day of the week, beginning with August's Personal Income and Spending data Monday morning. Look for details on next week's events in Sunday's weekly preview.
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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