September 28th, 2017
Rates Effective September 28, 2017 10:30 AM EST
*30-Year Fixed Rate 3.875% (3.961%APR)
**15-Year Fixed Rate 3.250% (3.397% APR)
Conforming loans $424,100 and under
No origination fee on all posted rates. Call for other rates. ***Rate Assumptions below the news
Suggestions that can change during the day: Mortgage Bond prices are near unchanged and are being supported by lower Stock prices. Floating seems like a good idea.
After close Commentary: Mortgage Bonds were able to squeak out gains in today's session, despite the S&P closing at a fresh record high. After their recent sell-off, Mortgage Bonds are looking for a bottom. The Fannie Mae 3.5% 30-yr coupon closed at 103.19, +9bp, just below support one (S1) at the 50-day Moving Average and just above support two (S2) at the 100-day. Stocks rallied on the tax hope plan but the gains were modest. The Dow closed at 22,381.20, +40.49 points, the S&P at 2,510.06, while the tech heavy NASDAQ closed near unchanged at 6,543.45. WTI oil closed at $51.56, -$0.58. The 10-yr T Note 2.30% after hitting 2.36% in overnight trading. Tomorrow, the Fed's favorite inflation gauge, the Core PCE, will be released along with Personal Income & Spending, Chicago PMI and Consumer Sentiment.
Late morning Commentary: The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Thursday that the final reading on second quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew to a more healthy level of 3.1%, up from the anemic 1.2% recorded in the first quarter. It was the best reading since the 3.2% in the first quarter of 2015. GDP was boosted by stronger business and consumer spending. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country's borders in a specific time period. It is considered the broadest measure of economic activity.
The Trump administration rolled out its new tax reform plan yesterday vowing that it would be the largest cut in the history of the U.S. The plan has skeptics wondering how it would be paid for, but Trump advisor Gary Cohn said this morning that the U.S. plans to pay for the entire tax cut through economic growth. The tax plan calls for a repeal of most itemized deductions, AMT and the estate tax. In addition, the current standard deduction of $6,350 for single filers would increase to $12,000 and the $12,700 standard deduction for joint filers would go from $12,700 to $24,000.
Freddie Mac reports that mortgage rates were unchanged in the latest week and remain at historically attractive levels. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.83% this week with an average 0.6 point added on top of the rate. A year ago this time, the rate was 3.42%. Freddie Mac says average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage.
|Thu, Sep 28 9:32 AM Stocks slightly lower soon after the opening bell.|
|Thu, Sep 28 9:08 AM The Treasury will sell $28B 7-yr Notes today, results at 1:00 p.m. ET. and comes after solid demand from the 2- and 5-yr offerings during the past two days.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:32 AM S&P futures still negative after the GDP data, Mortgage Bond prices near unchanged.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:31 AM Weekly Initial Jobless Claims +12K to 272K vs the 275K expected. Claims could be impacted by Irma and Harvey.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:30 AM Final Q2 2017 GDP at 3.1%, in line with estimates.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:12 AM U.S. dollar index 93.05, -0.11.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:11 AM The 10-yr T Note yield at 2.33%.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:09 AM The Fannie Mae 30-yr 3.5% coupon opens near unchanged ahead of the GDP data.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:09 AM Trump advisor Gary Cohn says we can pay for the entire tax cut through economic growth.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:03 AM Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passes away at age 91.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:02 AM WTI oil continues to gush higher +$0.44 to $52.57/barrel.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:01 AM The third reading on Q2 GDP will be released at 8:30 along with Weekly Initial Jobless Claims.|
|Thu, Sep 28 8:00 AM Mortgage Bond prices look to open modestly lower while S&P futures are pointing towards a slightly lower open.|
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