Initial Weekly Jobless claims continue to beat expectations


Today's Mortgage Rate Summary

How Rates Move:

Conventional and Government (FHA and VA) lenders set their rates based on the pricing of Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) which are traded in real time, all day in the bond market. This means rates or loan fees (mortgage pricing) moves throughout the day, being affected by a variety of economic or political events. When MBS pricing goes up, mortgage rates or pricing generally goes down. When they fall, mortgage pricing goes up.

Rates Currently Trending: Neutral

Mortgage rates are moving sideways today. The MBS market improved by +12 bps yesterday. This was not enough to decrease mortgage rates or fees. The market experienced low volatility yesterday.

Today's Rate Forecast: Neutral

Jobs: Initial Weekly Jobless Claims were lighter than expected, 205K versus estimates of 215K. The more closely watched 4 week moving average dropped to 212K. Continuing Claims moved from 1.866M to 1.865M so not much of a change.

Manufacturing: The December Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey continues to reinforce that we remain in a manufacturing recession by contracting -10.5 versus estimates of -3.0.

Crystal Ball: The November Leading Economic Indicators will hit at 10 pm ET.

GDP: The 3rd QTR GDP (third time its been released) was revised from 5.2% down to 4.9%.

Central Banks: We will get the Bank of Japan's meeting Minutes this afternoon.

Today's Potential Rate Volatility: Low

This morning markets started under some mild pressure but have already recovered. Volatility started a little higher on the morning data but has already seemed to settle as markets wait for inflation news tomorrow.

Bottom Line:

If you are looking for the risks and benefits of locking your interest rate in today or floating your loan rate, contact your mortgage professional to discuss it with them.

Source: TBWS

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Mortgage Advisor

NMLS: #437292

Cell: 215-407-3832

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