Weekly Economic Releases for Mar. 29th

March 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

This week brings us the release of only four important reports but three of those four are considered to be very important and one is arguably the single most important data we see each month. There is no relevant news scheduled for release tomorrow, so look for the stock markets to be a major influence on bond trading and possibly mortgage rates.

The first relevant report of the week comes late Tuesday morning when March’s Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) will be posted. This index gives us an indication of consumers’ willingness to spend. Bond traders watch this data closely because consumer spending makes up two-thirds of our economy. If this report shows that confidence is falling, it would indicate that consumers are more apt to delay making large purchases. If the report reveals that confidence looks to be growing, we may see bond traders sell, pushing mortgage rates higher Tuesday morning. It is expected to show an increase from February’s 25.0 reading to 27.0 for March.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will release their manufacturing index late Wednesday morning. This index gives us an important measurement of manufacturer sentiment by surveying trade executives. A reading below 50 means more surveyed executives felt business worsened during the month than those who said it had improved. This month’s report is expected to show a reading of 36.0, which would be a slight increase from February’s reading of 35.8. This means that analysts think business sentiment remained close to last month’s level.

February’s Factory Orders will be posted early Thursday morning. This data is similar to last week’s Durable Goods Orders report, except that this report includes orders for both durable and non-durable goods. It is also the least important of this week’s four reports. Unless it varies greatly from forecasts of a 0.3% decline, I suspect that it will be a non-factor in the mortgage market.

The biggest news of the week will come early Friday morning when the Labor Department posts March’s Employment report, giving us the U.S. unemployment rate and the number of jobs added or lost during the month. This is an extremely important report to the financial and mortgage markets. It is expected to show an increase in the unemployment rate from February’s 8.1% to 8.5% and that approximately 655,000 payrolls were lost during the month. A higher unemployment rate and a larger number of lost jobs would be good news for bonds and would likely push mortgage rates lower Friday.

Overall, I expect to see the most movement in rates either Wednesday or Friday. Friday is the most important day of the week with the employment numbers being released, but we will likely see a fair amount of movement in rates Wednesday morning also. I am expecting tomorrow to be the calmest day of the week, but the week in general will probably be pretty active. Accordingly, it would be prudent to maintain contact with your mortgage professional if still floating an interest rate.

If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would…. Float if my closing was taking place within 7 days… Float if my closing was taking place between 8 and 20 days… Float if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days… Float if my closing was taking place over 60 days from now… This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.

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James K Barath, CMPS®

James K Barath is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist®, Certified FICO® Professional, Certified Military Housing Specialist® and your FHA Home Loan Expert. He is also a graduate of Purdue University, The CMPS Institute, Dale Carnegie Human Relations Course & Napoleon Hill Foundation's PMA Science of Success Class. It's your home and your future. It's his profession and his passion. He is ready to work for your best interest. Contact James for your FREE Home Loan Approval !  His Motto: I Facilitate the American Dream Through Responsible Mortgage Lending and Financial Literacy!

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