Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Thursday: Unemployment Claims, Q3 Quarterly Services, Q3 Flow of Funds

by Bill McBride on 12/09/2015 05:51:00 PM

Thursday:
• At 8:30 AM ET, the initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for 270 thousand initial claims, up from 269 thousand the previous week.

• At 10:00 AM, the Q3 Quarterly Services Report from the Census Bureau.

• At 12:00 PM, the Q3 Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States from the Federal Reserve.

• At 2:00 PM, the Monthly Treasury Budget Statement for November.

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Break Even After Bumpy Start

Mortgage rates held steady for a second straight day, but only when considering the end-of-day rate sheets. The morning hours were similar on each of the past two days, with underlying bond markets weakening in concert with rising oil prices. The afternoon hours were quite different. Today saw bonds bounce back with a relatively strong move inspired by falling oil prices and a well-received 10yr Treasury Note Auction. Stronger bond markets imply downward pressure on mortgage rates.

Indeed several lenders recalled rate sheets early this afternoon for a mid-day improvement. This was enough to bring the average conventional 30yr fixed rate quote back in line with yesterday's latest levels. Even then, the only differences between the two days had been to the closing costs associated with the prevailing rate of 4.0%.
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Here is a table from Mortgage News Daily: