Rates inched lower Friday as newly released inflation data matched expectations. The December Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.1%, in line with forecast. Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy components, rose 0.2% and was 2.2% higher than one year ago. The Fed’s target rate for inflation is 2.0%. No other key data will […]
Mortgage rates inched higher Wednesday reflecting yesterday’s late market activity. In economic news, the November Consumer Price Index (CPI) was unchanged, matching forecast. Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy components, rose 0.2%, in line with expectations, and was 2.2% higher than one year ago. Results from today’s 10-year Treasury auction will be released at […]
Rates held steady Friday as key employment data came in below expectations. This morning, the Labor Department reported the economy added 155,000 jobs in November, below the consensus forecast of 190,000. The Unemployment Rate remained at 3.7%. Average Hourly Earnings rose 0.2%, a bit below estimates, and were 3.1% higher than one year ago. Separately, Consumer […]
Rates inched lower Tuesday as mortgage-backed securities benefited from a sharp decline in stocks. No key economic data will be released today. Bond markets will be closed tomorrow in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.
Rates were little changed Thursday as newly released economic data had little impact. This morning, weekly Jobless Claims rose to 234,000, above the consensus forecast of 220,000. The figures may have been distorted by the shortened holiday week. The October core PCE price index, the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, rose 0.1%. An increase of […]
Rates inched lower Wednesday following Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech to the Economic Club of New York during which he indicated interest rates “remain just below the broad range of estimates of the level that would be neutral for the economy”. Investors perceived the comments to indicate the Fed may pause from raising rates further after […]
Mortgage rates were little changed Wednesday despite the release of weaker than expected economic data. This morning, weekly Jobless Claims rose to 221,000, above the consensus forecast of 215,000. Durable Goods Orders fell 4.4%, below expectations for a decrease of 2.5%. October Existing Home Sales increased 1.4%, slightly above estimates, but were 5.1% lower than […]
Mortgage rates inched lower Thursday on concerns about the slowing pace of global economic growth and uncertainty about the British exit from the European Union. In the U.S., October Retail Sales jumped 0.8%, above the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.5%. Weekly Jobless Claims came in close to expectations. The Philly Fed regional manufacturing index […]
Rates held steady Thursday ahead of this afternoon’s Fed announcement. The Federal Open Market Committee will release a policy statement at 2:00 PM. No rate changes are expected, but investors will be watching for clues about the pace and timing of future increases. In economic news, weekly jobless claims fell to 214,000, in line with […]
Rates inched lower following yesterday’s election results. Democrats gained control of the House, as widely expected. Increased gridlock will likely derail efforts to pass additional tax cuts, resulting in smaller budget deficits and less borrowing by the federal government. Stocks rallied. Results from today’s 30-year Treasury auction will be released at 1:00 PM.