Mortgage rates were little changed Wednesday. In economic news, July Durable Goods Orders rose 4.0%, well above the consensus forecast of +2.0%. Excluding the volatile transportation component, orders rose 0.7%, also beating expectations. The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that home prices fell 5.9% during the second quarter from one year earlier, the biggest drop since 2009. The Mortgage Bankers Association weekly purchase activity index fell 5.9%, to the lowest level since December 1996. The refinancing activity index declined by 1.7%, as average reported 30-year fixed rates rose last week to 4.39%, not including fees. Results from today’s 5-year Treasury auction will be released at 1:00 PM. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will be delivering a highly anticipated speech at the annual Fed meeting in Jackson Hole, WY on Friday. Some analysts are expecting Bernanke to announce new economic stimulus by the Fed.