August 11th, 2017 10:50 AM by T. Fanning
Last Updated: 8/11/17Friday's bond market has opened down slightly despite good news from this morning's sole economic release. Stock are showing gains with the Dow up 42 points and the Nasdaq up 28 points. The bond market is currently down 2/32 (2.20%), which should keep this morning's mortgage rates close to yesterday's morning levels.Yesterday's 30-year Treasury Bond auction went pretty smoothly with some of the benchmarks pointing towards a strong demand for the securities. This helped boost bonds a bit during afternoon trading, but I don't believe we saw many lenders improve pricing as a result. They likely waited to see this morning's data before reacting.July's Consumer Price Index (CPI) was today's only relevant economic data. The 8:30 AM ET release showed a 0.1% increase in both the overall and core readings. Analysts were expecting to see a 0.2% rise in both, making the data favorable as it indicates inflationary pressures at the consumer level of the economy were softer than many had thought.Next week brings us the release of several economic reports that may influence mortgage rates, including one very important measurement of consumer spending. In addition to those reports, we also will get the minutes from the most recent FOMC meeting. Monday has none of these events scheduled, so we can expect weekend news, particularly geopolitical military talk, to drive the markets and mortgage rates as the new week begins. Look for details on next week's activities in Sunday evening's weekly preview.If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would....Lock if my closing were taking place within 7 days...Lock if my closing were taking place between 8 and 20 days...Float if my closing were taking place between 21 and 60 days...Float if my closing were taking place over 60 days from now...This is only my opinion of what I would do if I was financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.**http://www.hlmcolorado.com/DailyRateAdvisory
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