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Daily Market Update 4/15/08

Mortgage rates rose following release of the Producer Price Index for March showing the second largest monthly increase in three decades at 1.1%. Tomorrow’s release of the Consumer Price Index becomes even more significant in the wake of today’s numbers, as investors will be looking for further signals of inflation.

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Daily Market Update 4/14/08

Mortgage rates were little changed today as retail sales came in close to expectations. Potential market movers this week include the Producer Price Index and the Consumer Price Index scheduled for release Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Core rates exceeding 0.2% for either index will fuel inflationary concerns and likely push rates modestly higher.

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Daily Market Update 4/10/2008

Favorable repricing took place yesterday. The 30 year fixed FNMA required net yield (60 day) is now at 5.57%, the lowest level of the month. The stock market is nearly unchanged, and it has been a quiet morning. Today’s economic news had little impact.

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Daily Market Update 4/8/2008

The Dow is down about 60 points. February Pending Home Sales fell 1.9% from January, a little more than expected, and they are down -21% from one year ago. They are a leading indicator for housing market activity. Later, the FOMC minutes from March 18 Feb meeting will be released at 2:00 et.

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Daily Market Update 4/4/08

Interest rates moved lower on the heals of this morning’s release of the Employment Report. The economy lost 80,000 jobs in March, the worst monthly results in five years. Wages rose at a 3.6% annual rate, in line with expectations. Today’s data shows strong evidence of economic contraction in the First Quarter of 2008, increasing […]

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Daily Market Update 4/3/08

Mortgage rates improved this morning as Weekly Jobless Claims jumped to 407,000, the highest level since September 2005. Levels above 400,000 are consistent with a weakening labor market. All eyes are now on tomorrow’s release of the Employment Report for March. A poor showing would increase the likelihood of recession and could move rates slightly […]

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Daily Market Update 4/2/08

Mortgage rates were modestly higher today as the market focused on Congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Analysts interpreted Mr. Bernanke’s statements as an indication the pace of Federal Reserve rate cuts would likely slow in coming months. The probablility of a 1/2% reduction in the Fed Funds Rate at the Fed’s April […]

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Daily Market Update 4/1/08

Mortgage rates were slightly higher today as stocks rallied, attracting investor funds away from mortgage-backed securities. Economic data came in stronger than expected but had little impact. This Friday’s unemployment report has potential to be the next big market mover.

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