Newsletter-May 1st, 2017     
Provided by
Fred Olson
Fred Olson
CPC Mortgage
180 S EUCLID AVE
PASADENA, CA 91101
Phone: (626) 446-5711
Fax: (626) 446-4076
E-Mail: fredolson@cpcmortgage.com
 
 

Market Comment

Mortgage bond prices finished the week lower which pushed rates higher. Rates spiked higher early in the week as stocks hit record levels. The data was mixed. New Home Sales were 621K versus the expected 590K. Consumer confidence was 120.3 versus the expected 122.3. The FHFA House Price index rose 0.8%. Analysts looked for an increase of 0.2%. Q1 Gross domestic product rose 0.7% versus the expected 1.1% increase. Durable goods orders were weaker. Lower economic output supported the argument the Fed should wait to raise rates and helped buffer some of the earlier losses. Q1 Employment cost index rose 0.8% versus the expected 0.6% increase. Consumer sentiment was 97 versus the expected 98 reading. Mortgage interest rates finished the week worse by approximately 1/4 to 3/8 of discount point.


LOOKING AHEAD

Economic
Indicator

Release
Date & Time

Consensus
Estimate


Analysis

Personal Income and Outlays

Monday, May 1,
8:30 am, et

Up 0.4%,
Up 0.1%
Important. A measure of consumers’ ability to spend. Weakness may lead to lower mortgage rates.
PCE Core Inflation

Monday, May 1,
8:30 am, et

Up 0.1%

Important. A measure of price increases for all domestic personal consumption. Weaker figure may help rates improve.
ISM Index

Monday, May 1,
10:00 am, et

57.5

Important. A measure of manufacturer sentiment. Weakness may lead to lower mortgage rates.
ADP Employment

Wednesday, May 3,
8:30 am, et

265K

Important. An indication of employment. Weakness may bring lower rates.
Fed Meeting Adjourns

Wednesday, May 3,
2:15 pm, et

No rate changes

Important. Few expect the Fed to change rates, but some volatility may surround the adjournment of this meeting.
Weekly Jobless Claims

Thursday, May 4,
8:30 am, et

245K

Important. An indication of employment. Higher claims may result in lower rates.
Preliminary Q1 Productivity

Thursday, May 4,
8:30 am, et

Up 1.1%

Important. A measure of output per hour. Improvement may lead to lower mortgage rates.
Factory Orders

Thursday, May 4,
10:00 am, et

Up 1.1%

Important. A measure of manufacturing sector strength. Weakness may lead to lower rates.
Employment

Friday, May 5,
8:30 am, et

4.5%,
Payrolls +125K

Very important. An increase in unemployment or weakness in payrolls may bring lower rates.

Jobs

Keep a sharp eye on the various employment related data this week. Last week’s weekly jobless claims hit levels not seen in some time. The data showed 257,000 new applications for unemployment. Analysts expected a number around 245,000. It is not uncommon for the weekly figures to miss estimates but the sharply higher figure was a bit of a surprise. The Fed is in a difficult spot with so much mixed data. 

The weekly data remained below 300,000 for over 100 weeks despite the recent uptick. However, growth figures disappointed as of late which supports further delays. Now is a great time to get a low interest rate mortgage ahead of potential volatility.
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