August 18th, 2017
Rates Effective August 18th, 2017 12:30 PM EST
30-Year Fixed Rate 3.875% (3.961%APR)
15-Year Fixed Rate 3.125% (3.271% APR)
Conforming loans $424,100 and under
No origination on all posted rates. Call for other rates. **Rate Assumptions below the news
Suggestions that can change during the day: Lower Stock prices are boosting Mortgage Bonds this morning as the week comes to an end. Carefully floating is recommended.
After close Commentary: Not a lot of action in the Mortgage Bond markets today as prices traded in a narrow range for most of the session. The 3.5% Fannie Mae 30-yr coupon closed at 103.28, -6bp. Stocks had a lackluster session as the major indices closed lower. The Dow lost 76.22 points to 21,674.51, the S&P closed 2,425.55, -4.46 points, while the NASDAQ fell by 5.38 points to end at 6,216.52. WTI oil closed at $48.51/barrel, +$1.42. 10-yr T Note yield 2.19%. Next week’s economic calendar is on the light side with just New and Existing Home Sales in the spotlight. Have a great weekend!
Late morning Commentary: Freddie Mac reports that cash sales accounted for around 18% of all home sales in June, below the peak of 35%, but still well above the historical average of 10%. If cash sales remain around 20%, that would translate to $172 billion less in mortgage originations than would occur if the cash share returned to its historical norm. In addition, Freddie reports that Housing Starts were lower than expected in the second quarter of 2017. While starts should improve in the second half of 2017, Freddie Mac expects them to remain well below their long run average at around 1.24 million.
Fannie Mae also reported this week that looming political tensions and the growing potential for a U.S. government shutdown as well as a technical default pose risks to the U.S. economy. Fannie Mae sees full year economic growth (Gross Domestic Product) rising 2%, according to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s August 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook. Fannie Mae sees slightly stronger economic growth in the second half of 2017, with consumer spending and business investment helping to support growth.
|Fri, Aug 18 8:42 AM Freddie Mac reports that cash sales accounted for around 18% of all home sales in June, below the peak of 35%, but still well above the historical average of 10%.|
|Fri, Aug 18 8:27 AM The S&P 500 is poised for its second weekly decline due in part to political turmoil and the attacks in Barcelona.|
|Fri, Aug 18 8:23 AM Stocks are also in cautious mode after the horrific terrorist attacks in Barcelona that claimed 14 lives.|
|Fri, Aug 18 8:16 AM WTI oil $47.21/barrel, +$0.11.|
|Fri, Aug 18 8:16 AM The August Consumer Sentiment Index will be released at 10.|
|Fri, Aug 18 8:15 AM Fed's Kaplan said yesterday the central bank should be "very patient and judicious" as it considers whether to raise rates or not. Mr. Kaplan will be speaking at an event this afternoon.|
|Fri, Aug 18 8:15 AM 10-yr yield 2.18%.|
|Fri, Aug 18 8:15 AM U.S. dollar index 93.47, -0.05.|
|Fri, Aug 18 8:11 AM S&P futures flat as prices are being capped by growing concerns over pro-growth policies in Washington D.C.|
|Fri, Aug 18 8:09 AM After their two-day run higher, MBS open near unchanged as the week comes to a close.|
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