Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Thursday: Unemployment Claims

by Calculated Risk on 8/21/2019 07:25:00 PM

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Pop Higher

Mortgage rates moved higher today, and it had nothing to do with any of the day's events or news headlines. Quite simply put, the bond market (which dictates the rates that can offered by lenders) had already begun to weaken as of yesterday afternoon. Weakness continued overnight as global financial markets dialed back their demand for safe havens. … Safe haven demand has been waxing and waning as the broader market settles in to a new range following the big shake-up in early August. Today was just another minor fluctuation in that regard, but the timing issue (bond market weakness yesterday afternoon followed by more this morning) made for a noticeable adjustment from mortgage lenders. [Most Prevalent Rates 30YR FIXED - 3.5% - 3.625%]
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• At 8:30 AM ET, The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for 215 thousand initial claims, down from 220 thousand last week.

• At 11:00 AM, the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for August.