Markets under heavy pressure due to high Producer Price Index

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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: Higher

Mortgage rates are moving higher today. The MBS market worsened by -3 bps yesterday. This was not enough to increase mortgage rates or fees. The market experienced low volatility yesterday.

Today's Rate Forecast: Higher

Jobs: Initial Weekly Jobless Claims were 209K versus estimates of 218K. The 4 week moving average dipped to 208K. Continuing Claims were 1.811M versus estimates of 1.900M.

Retail Sales: February headline Retail Sales were lighter than expected, up 0.6% versus estimates of 0.8% and as a double-whammy, January was revised lower to -1.1%. Ex-autos, Retail Sales were up 0.3% versus estimates of 0.5%.

Inflation: Headline Feb Producer Price Index (PPI) was DOUBLE market expectations, up 0.6% versus 0.3% on a MOM basis and up 1.6% versus 1.1% on a YOY basis and the highest since June of 2022. Core (ex food and energy) PPI was up 0.3% versus estimates of 0.2% on a MOM basis and 2.0% versus 1.9% on a YOY basis.

Today's Potential Rate Volatility: High

This morning markets are getting hammered by the inflation data. Volatility has started high.

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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