MMG Weekly: Mixed News Impacts Markets - Jobs Report
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MMG Weekly: Mixed News Impacts Markets - Jobs Report
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Last Week in Review: The labor market showed signs of improvement while the harsh winter continued to impact housing.
Forecast for the Week: The Jobs Report for March will be important to dissect, plus several key manufacturing reports will be released.
View: Check out these simple secrets to a better business mind.
|Last Week in Review|
"The world is but a perpetual see-saw." Michel de Montaigne. Last week, the news saw its fair share of ups and downs as economic reports were mixed. Read on for the details and what they mean for home loan rates. The housing market continued to battle the harsh weather across much of the nation, as New Home Sales declined to a five-month low in February, coming in at 440,000. Pending Home Sales also declined in February while the Case Shiller 20-city Home Price Index rose 13.2 percent annually in January. This was down from the 13.4 percent in December and lower than expected. It will be important to see if the housing market improves as the weather warms around the country.
In labor market news, weekly Initial Jobless Claims fell to a four-month low of 311,000. In addition, the four-week moving average of claims, which irons out seasonal abnormalities, declined to 317,750–the lowest level since September. The drop in claims signals an improving labor market, but we'll have to see next week's Jobs Report for March for further confirmation.
Consumer Confidence rose to 82.3 in March, well above both expectations and the reading in February. This was the highest level since January 2008. Americans surveyed were more positive on future job prospects. It is important to note that March's Consumer Sentiment Index, which provides a similar reading, fell to its lowest level since November.
What does this mean for home loan rates? Beginning in April, the Fed will purchase $30 billion in Treasuries and $25 billion in Mortgage Bonds (the type of Bonds on which home loan rates are based) to help stimulate the economy and housing market. This is down from the original $85 billion per month that the Fed had been purchasing. With the final reading for fourth quarter 2013 Gross Domestic Product coming in at 2.6 percent, well below the third quarter reading, the Fed will be closely watching upcoming reports as it evaluates the timing of further tapering. These decisions will continue to impact our economy and home loan rates as we move ahead this year.
The bottom line is that now remains a great time to consider a home purchase or refinance, as home loan rates remain attractive compared to historical levels. Let me know if I can answer any questions at all for you or your clients.
|Forecast for the Week|
Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The chart below shows Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond on which home loan rates are based.
To go one step further–a red "candle" means that MBS worsened during the day, while a green "candle" means MBS improved during the day. Depending on how dramatic the changes were on any given day, this can cause rate changes throughout the day, as well as on the rate sheets we start with each morning.
As you can see in the chart below, Mortgage Bonds were able to improve last week, aided in part by weak housing news. home loan rates remain attractive and I'll be watching their movement closely.
Chart: Fannie Mae 4.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday Mar 28, 2014)
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Economic Calendar for the Week of March 31 - April 04
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