Connecticut Mortgage Rates March 22, 2010

By
Mortgage and Lending with MBC Interactive

Mortgage bond prices rose last week helping Connecticut mortgage rates improve slightly. We started the week on a positive note with rates falling amid tame inflation readings. The producer price index fell 0.6% and the core rose 0.1%. The headline figure was the lowest since July 2009. Weekly jobless claims showed the employment situation remained poor. Unfortunately we saw the market fall a bit pushing Connecticut mortgage rates higher Thursday afternoon following the announcement of the size of the upcoming Treasury auctions and amid fear of future rate hikes. Rates fell about 1/8 of a discount point for the week.

The durable goods and gross domestic product data will be the most important releases this week. Supply concerns will continue to weigh heavily upon the bond market with the continued record Treasury auctions. If foreign demand falters CT mortgage interest rates could be pressured higher.

LOOKING AHEAD

Economic
Indicator

Release
Date & Time

Consensus
Estimate


Analysis

Existing Home Sales

Tuesday, March 23,
10:00 am, et

Down 0.9%

Low importance. An indication of mortgage credit demand. A significant decrease may lead to lower CT mortgage rates.
2-year Treasury Note Auction

Tuesday, March 23,
1:15 pm, et

None

Important. $44 billion of notes will be auctioned. Strong demand may lead to lower CT mortgage rates.
Durable Goods Orders

Wednesday, March 24,
8:30 am, et

Up 0.5%

Important. An indication of the demand for "big ticket" items. Weakness may lead to lower rates.
New Home Sales

Wednesday, March 24,
10:00 am, et

Up 1.5%

Important. An indication of economic strength and credit demand. Weakness may lead to lower rates.
5-year Treasury Note Auction

Wednesday, March 24,
1:15 pm, et

None

Important. $42 billion of notes will be auctioned. Strong demand may lead to lower mortgage rates.
7-year Treasury Note Auction

Thursday, March 25,
1:15 pm, et

None Important. $32 billion of notes will be auctioned. Strong demand may lead to lower mortgage rates.
Q4 GDP third estimate

Friday, March 26,
8:30 am, et

Up 5.8%

Important. The aggregate measure of US economic production. Weakness may lead to lower Connecticut mortgage rates.
U of Michigan Consumer Sentiment

Friday, March 26,
10:00 am, et

71

Important. An indication of consumers' willingness to spend. Weakness may lead to lower mortgage rates.

Gross Domestic Product

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is one the most important reports during any given quarter. GDP is a measure of US economic output and spending. The report is significant in that it provides investors, analysts, traders, and economists with a comprehensive report of the direction of the economy. In addition, it also influences the decisions of Federal Reserve policy makers, Congressional budget employees, and corporate financial planners.

GDP is the sum total of goods and services produced by the United States. The initial report is often based on incomplete data. Therefore, additional revisions are released over the following two months. There are often substantial differences between the initial release and the revisions. Connecticut mortgage rates generally respond favorably to weaker GDP growth.

While revisions generally don't move the market like the original release, they still have the potential to cause market volatility if vastly different from the prior releases. Be cautious heading into the data this week as Connecticut mortgage rates could become volatile.

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Don, even with the slight increas the rates are still attractive for home buyers. We're beginning the final push to take advantage of the tax rebate.

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