Mortgage Rates December 7, 2018

The 10y yield opened today at the 2.88% level after pushing below 2.83% yesterday. Heading into the weekend mortgage rates should be similar to yesterday afternoon’s level unless there are significant movements in bonds later today.

Yesterday the stock market sold off significantly on fears of a slowing economy and bonds rallied until a report came out (Wall Street Journal) that the Fed was most likely to now take on a “wait and see” approach when it comes to raising interest rates. That is a significant change from previous Fed intentions and to be clear it was not an “official” statement from the Fed.

Just after the report came out stocks rallied and bonds sold off pushing the 10y yield to the 2.89% level.

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BLS Employment:

This morning we had the BLS Employment report which will included the number of jobs created along with earned wage data. The report came in below expectations however the market’s reaction was somewhat muted.

The expectations were for 200,000 jobs created and for wages to grow by .3 however both reported numbers came in below that. 155,000 jobs were created in November and wages came in a .2. Not a huge miss but probably enough to keep investors interested in buying bonds heading into next week.

As mentioned; I don’t see any significant changes to the low mortgage rates we’ve had this week however if there are major movements later today I’ll certainly keep everyone posted.

Economic Reports:

Next week we have several very important economic reports and the following week is the all important Fed meeting. On Tuesday we have the Core Producers Prices Index and on Wednesday we have the MBA Mortgage Index (Refinance and Purchase as well), Core CPI and a 10y Note auction.

On Thursday we have Export and Import Prices and on Friday we have Retail Sales and a 30y Bond auction. The Fed will be keeping an eye on these reports, especially the Core CPI report to help shape their decision the following week.

Today’s weaker than expected employment report was not great but it wasn’t low enough to cause concern for FOMC members. Most still think the Fed raises rates however they are now more likely to soften their tone on future hikes.

Currently We Are Seeing:

30 year fixed mortgage rates below 4.50%, 20 year fixed mortgage rates below 4.375% and 15 year fixed rates below 3.75%.  Mortgage rates adjust daily; sometimes they adjust multiple times in a day when the bond market is volatile.

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