July 31st, 2017
Suggestions that can change during the day: Mortgage Bond prices trade near unchanged to begin the week ahead of the July Jobs Report scheduled for Friday. Carefully floating is recommended.
Rates Effective July 31, 2017 11:30 AM EST
No origination on all posted rates. Call for other rates. **Rate Assumptions below the news
Conforming loans $424,100 and under
30-Year Fixed Rate 4.000% (4.087%APR)
15-Year Fixed Rate 3.250% (3.397% APR)
After close Commentary: MBS markets were quiet to begin the week with little movement seen in prices. Better-than-expected Pending Homes Sales and a below-consensus Chicago PMI had little impact. The Fannie Mae 30-yr 3.5% coupon closed unchanged at 102.91 and right at resistance one (R1) at the 50-day Moving Average. The Dow closed at a fresh record high as shares of Boeing took flight. The Dow finished at 21,891.12, +60.81 points, the S&P 500 lost a meager 1.80 points to 2,470.30, while the NASDAQ was down 26.55 points to end at 6,348.12. WTI oil closed at $50.17/barrel, +$0.46 and was up 9% in July, the biggest monthly gain since April 2016. 10-yr T Note yield 2.29%. Tomorrow's economic data includes Personal Income & Spending, the inflation reading Core PCE and the ISM Index.
Late morning Commentary: Stocks are at all-time highs again as investors embrace strong quarterly corporate earnings. Of the 289 S&P 500 companies that have reported up until Friday, 73% have exceeded expectations. This is slightly above the 71% average over the past four quarters, according to Thomson Reuters. The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high of 21,916.67 in today's trading session.
The National Association of REALTORS® reported on Monday that Pending Home Sales in June rose 1.5% from May, after three straight months of declines. June was the first month that Pending Home Sales rose annually since March, rising by 0.5%. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the rebound in June in most of the country is a welcoming sign. Mr. Yun said, "Market conditions in many areas continue to be fast paced, with few properties to choose from, which is forcing buyers to act almost immediately on an available home that fits their criteria."
The Census Bureau reported last week that homeownership rates remained near 50-year lows in the second quarter, though they did edge higher from a year ago. The homeownership rate increased by 0.1% to 63.7% in the second quarter from the first and is up 0.8% from the second quarter in 2016. The shortage of homes for sale on the market could continue to keep homeownership rates low.
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