Initial Weekly Jobless claims meet 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 +31 bps yesterday. This may have been enough to decrease mortgage rates or fees. The market experienced high volatility yesterday.

Today's Rate Forecast: Neutral

Housing: We will get the NARs February Existing Home Sales report at 10 am ET.

Jobs: Initial Weekly Jobless Claims were 210K versus estimates of 215K. The 4 week moving average ticked up to 211K. Continuing Claims moved up a smidge to 1.807M.

Manufacturing: The March Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey was much stronger than expected, hitting positive territory with a 3.2 reading versus estimates of -2.3.

The Fed: Today we will hear from Vice Chair Barr at noon.

Central Banks: The Bank of England kept their interest rate at 5.25%. Of significance is that two of members that had voted for a rate hike at the last meeting are no longer doing so.

Today's Potential Rate Volatility: Neutral

This morning markets are coasting after yesterday's FOMC. Volatility has started at moderate levels.

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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