Existing Home Sales highest in nearly 10 years

Existing Home Sales highest in nearly 10 years




Commentary: The MBS basis put in another good performance as the one-way trade tighter continued, though again on light trading volumes.  The close above 101.34 for the Fannie Mae 30-yr 3.5% coupon sends a bullish tone. The bonds appear to be building a foundation for further gains and lower rates. See chart below for more details. Time will tell what is next on the horizon.

WRAP: MBS were able to edge higher in today's session as the blistering Stock rally paused. The Bond closed at 101.59, +19bp and is up 75bp since the multi-year lows hit last Thursday. The near inline November Existing Home Sales had little impact on the markets. The Dow lost 32.66 points to 19,941.96, the S&P 500 fell 5.58 points to 2,265.18, while the Nasdaq was down 12.51 points to end the quiet session at 5,471.43. WTI oil closed at $52.49, -$0.71. 10-yr T Note yield 2.54%.


Today's Agenda:


Date & Time of ReportReportForEstimateActualPriorImpact
12/21/16 10:00:00 AMExisting Home Salesoct5.50M5.615.57MModerate


Tomorrow's Agenda:


Date & Time of ReportReportForEstimateActualPriorImpact
12/22/16 8:30 AMJobless Claims12/17256k 254kModerate
 Personal Comsumption Expenditures (Core PCE)Nov0.10% 0.10%HIGH
 Personal Comsumption Expenditures (Core PCE)YOYNA 1.70%HIGH
 Personal SpendingNov0.40% 0.30%Moderate
 Personal IncomeNov0.30% 0.6%%Moderate
 GDP Chain DeflatorQ31.40% 1.40%Moderate
 Gross Domestic Product (GDP)Q33.30% 3.20%Moderate
 Durable GoodsNov-4.50% 4.80%Moderate



What Is Going On With Interest Rates?  #wigowir

Below is the news when it happened and the market’s reaction.  For a full view of the day start at the bottom and work your way up. If want to know what just happened start at the top. All Times are Eastern Standard Time.  When the price of Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) goes down rates go up, and when the price goes up rates come down. Remember in the bond market Bad News is Good News and Good News is Bad news.

2:02 PM The Fannie Mae 30-yr 3.5% coupon able to trade above the 101.34 level, now at 101.53, +12bp.

12:47 PM Narrow trading ranges persist today in Stock, Treasury and Mortgage Bond markets as conviction on the part of buyers and sellers has been lacking.

11:25 AM Mortgage Bonds trade in an extremely tight range this morning, while Stocks grind just below unchanged levels.

10:05 AM November Existing Home Sales +0.7% from October to 5.61 million annualized units vs the 5.50 million expected.


U.S. home resales unexpectedly rose in November, reaching their highest level in nearly 10 years, likely as buyers rushed into the market to lock in low interest rates in anticipation of further increases in borrowing costs.


9:36 AM Stocks open flat to slightly lower.

9:22 AM The Fannie Mae 30-yr 3.5% coupon rises above the key technical level of 101.34, now at 101.44.

8:38 AM The MBAs Market Composite Index, a measure of total mortgage application volume, rose 2.5% in the latest week. The refi index +3%, purchase index +3%.

8:29 AM The MBA reports that 30-yr fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417K or less) rose to 4.41%, highest since May 2014.

8:23 AM The U.S. dollar index 102.90, -0.37 as the greenback trades near a 14-yr high.

8:18 AM The Dow (19,974) and the Nasdaq (5,483) begin the trading day in record territory. The S&P (2,270) is just below its all-time high close of 2,271.

8:17 AM 10-yr yield 2.58%.

8:17 AM WTI oil continues to edge higher now at $53.64, +$0.33.

8:14 AM November Existing Home Sales will be released at 10:00 a.m.

8:12 AM S&P futures near unchanged.

8:09 AM MBS open modestly lower after two days of gains and after bouncing off two-year lows late last week.

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