Thursday, May 28, 2015

Friday: Ugly GDP, Chicago PMI, Consumer Sentiment

by Bill McBride on 5/28/2015 06:52:00 PM

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Microscopically Lower

Mortgage rates barely budged today. Those that budged moved almost imperceptibly lower from yesterday's latest rate sheets. In general, there was simply very little movement in underlying markets and lenders' rate sheets matched the tone. [Rates at 4.0%]

Ironically, Freddie Mac's weekly rate survey results came out this morning indicating higher rates. Keep in mind that the Freddie survey receives most of it's responses early in the week and then reports on Thursday mornings. That means that any changes in rates over the intervening days are not captured in the data. In the current case, it's not that rates have moved significantly lower in the past few days, but more to do with the fact that last week's Freddie survey didn't capture the brunt of the rise in rates that occurred on Tuesday.
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Friday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, Gross Domestic Product, 1st quarter 2015 (second estimate). The consensus is that real GDP decreased 0.9% annualized in Q1, revised down from the 0.2% advance estimate.

• At 9:45 AM, Chicago Purchasing Managers Index for May. The consensus is for a reading of 53.0, up from 52.3 in April.

• At 10:00 AM, University of Michigan's Consumer sentiment index (final for May). The consensus is for a reading of 90.0, up from the preliminary reading of 88.6, and down from the April reading of 95.9.