Initial Weekly Jobless Claims lower than expected

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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 worsened by -17 bps yesterday. This was not enough to increase mortgage rates or fees. The market experienced moderate volatility yesterday.

Today's Rate Forecast: Neutral

Jobs: Initial Weekly Jobless Claims were lower than expected, 201K versus estimates of 218K. The more closely watched 4 week moving average dropped to 215K. Continuing Claims were 1.862M versus estimates of 1.885M.

Report Card: The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank issued their January Chicago Fed National Activity Index which showed a national economic contraction of -0.3 versus December's revised pace of +0.2.

The Fed: Today we will hear from Jefferson and Harker.

Housing: We will get Existing Home Sales at 10 am ET, market expectations are for an annualized pace of 3.97M units.

Today's Potential Rate Volatility: Neutral

This morning markets were under some initial pressure due to the jobs data. Volatility has started at moderate levels with very choppy movements.

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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