Thursday, September 15, 2016

Friday: CPI, Flow of Funds

by Bill McBride on 9/15/2016 08:36:00 PM

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Sidestep Near Recent Highs

Mortgage Rates were unchanged in most cases today, keeping them near their highest levels in more than 2 months. ... The most prevalent conventional 30yr fixed rate quotes are still an eighth of a point higher than they were last week, with top tier scenarios most likely to be quoted 3.5%. That said, in cases where a quote is .125% higher (e.g. 3.5% this week vs 3.375% last week), points should be slightly lower (or lender credit slightly higher, depending on the scenario). In other words, the total damage from the past few days falls just a bit shy of a full eighth of a percentage point in rates.
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• At 8:30 AM ET, The Consumer Price Index for August from the BLS. The consensus is for 0.1% increase in CPI, and a 0.2% increase in core CPI.

• At 10:00 AM, University of Michigan's Consumer sentiment index (preliminary for September). The consensus is for a reading of 90.8, up from 89.8 in July.

• At 12:00 PM, Q2 Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States from the Federal Reserve.