July 12th, 2017
Suggestion: Bond friendly words from Fed Chair Yellen lifts prices this morning, while Stock prices also rise. Floating is recommended.
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Rates Effective July 12, 2017 11:30 AM EST (Both 30 and 15 year down 0.125% today!)
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Conforming loans $424,100 and under
30-Year Fixed 4.000% (4.087%APR)
15-Year Fixed 3.25% (3.397% APR)
Actual payments will vary based on your individual situation and current rates. The above rates are subject to change.
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.
After close Commentary: Coming Soon
|Wed, Jul 12 2:20 PM Fed's Beige Book says worker shortage is limiting hiring, but little evidence that companies are raising wages.|
|Wed, Jul 12 1:20 PM Correction: the $20B 10-yr Note auction garners a "C-" rating, not a "C+".|
|Wed, Jul 12 1:08 PM The $20B 10-yr T Note auction garners a "C+" rating.|
|Wed, Jul 12 12:47 PM Nearing midday, MBS holding solid gains, Stocks higher. $20B 10-yr Note auction results a bit after 1:00 p.m. ET.|
Late morning Commentary: Mortgage rates edged higher in the latest week after a strong June Jobs Report sent Bond prices lower and yields higher late last week. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported on Wednesday that the 30-year fixed conforming mortgage rate rose to 4.22% in the latest week, while jumbo and FHA rates jumped 9bp and 8bp respectively to 4.19% and 4.12%. In addition, the MBAs Market Composite Index, a measure of total mortgage loan application volume, fell 7.4% in the latest week as rates increased. The refinance index fell 13%, while the purchase index declined 2.5%.
Fed Chair Yellen was on Capitol Hill this morning delivering her semi-annual testimony in front of Congress. Ms. Yellen said that the Fed's balance sheet would most likely start to shrink this year, while the economy is on a steady positive course. In addition, there is near full employment. Ms. Yellen went on to say that additional gradual rate hikes to the benchmark Fed Funds Rate are needed in next few years, but inflation in response to the economy is the key uncertainty. Ms. Yellen said, "the Federal Funds Rate would not have to rise all that much further to get to a neutral policy stance."
Due to the recent increase in home prices, the number of underwater mortgages have decreased while in the same time increasing the amount of equity available to homeowners. Black Knight Financial Services reports that lendable equity increased $695 billion from the same period last year bringing the total equity to near a staggering $5 trillion. Meanwhile, the number of underwater borrowers fell by 35% and down 16% in the first quarter of 2017. There are now 1.8 million borrowers underwater, the first time it has fallen below two million since 2006, though well above the 750,000 seen in 2005.
|Wed, Jul 12 11:54 AM MBS holding gains as Fed Chair Yellen gives a rather dovish slant on monetary policy.|
|Wed, Jul 12 10:43 AM Yellen says inflation low until temporary factors drop off.|
|Wed, Jul 12 10:32 AM Yellen says Fed wants to return to Treasury only balance sheet, very focused on 2% inflation target.|
|Wed, Jul 12 10:05 AM Dow +150 points.|
|Wed, Jul 12 9:43 AM The MBA reported that the 30-yr fixed conforming loan rate rose 2bp to 4.22%, while jumbo and FHA rates jumped 9bp and 8bp respectively to 4.19% and 4.12%. Those rates do come with at least 0.30 in points.|
|Wed, Jul 12 9:42 AM The MBAs refinance index -13%, purchase index -2.5%.|
|Wed, Jul 12 9:40 AM The MBAs Market Composite Index, a measure of total mortgage loan application volume, fell 7.4% in the latest week as rates increased.|
|Wed, Jul 12 9:33 AM Stocks open higher, Dow +115 points.|
9:14 AM ET 3.5% Fannie Mae 30-yr coupon up 28 bp at a price of 102.69 up 16bp when rates were set yesterday at 10:00 am et Open 102.47 High 102.75 Low 102.44
Numbers to watch for:
Currently Buying Opportunities for Traders
$102.56 100 Day Moving average
Currently Selling opportunities for Traders
$102.78 High of 5/16/17
102.90 50 day moving average
102.92 200 day moving average
102.93 25 day moving average
Wed, Jul 12 9:08 AM U.S. dollar index 95.56, +0.13.
|Wed, Jul 12 8:48 AM The Treasury will sell $20B 10-yr Notes today, results at 1:00 p.m. ET.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:46 AM Fed Chair Yellen: Additional gradual hikes needed in next few years, inflation response to economy is key uncertainty, "the Federal Funds Rate would not have to rise all that much further to get to a neutral policy stance."|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:45 AM MBS surge from the opening lows.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:43 AM WTI oil $45.80/barrel, +$0.76.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:43 AM There are no economic reports due for release today. Fed's Beige Book out at 2:00 p.m. ET.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:39 AM 10-yr yield edges lower to 2.33%.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:36 AM MBS rise after Yellen's prepared text. S&P futures add to gains.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:35 AM Yellen: Monetary policy not on pre-set course.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:34 AM Yellen: A few unusual price reductions limit inflation.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:34 AM Yell en: Fiscal policy source of uncertainty.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:33 AM Yellen: Balance sheet to shrink appreciably.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:33 AM Fed's balance sheet to be bigger than pre-crisis.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:31 AM Fed Chair Yellen says in a prepared speech for Congress in her semi-annual testimony that the balance sheet will most likely start unwinding this year.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:27 AM MBS open near unchanged.|
|Wed, Jul 12 8:24 AM Mortgage Bonds had their monthly coupon rollover after the close of trading last night, with the effect being being -22bp for the Fannie Mae 30-year 3.5% coupon|
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