MMG WEEKLY – WHAT ARE THEY SAYING THIS WEEK?

MMG Weekly / Vantage Production.blueForecast for the Week

Economic data is light this week and doesn’t begin until Thursday.

  • On Thursday, we’ll get a look at consumer spending with February Retail Sales.
  • Also on Thursday, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims will be reported. Last week’s claims fell by 26,000 to 323,000, below expectations and the lowest level since November.
  • On Friday, look for February’s Producer Price Index, which measures inflation at the wholesale level, as well as the Consumer Sentiment Index for March.

Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The chart below shows Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond on which home loan rates are based.

When you see these Bond prices moving higher, it means home loan rates are improving – and when they are moving lower, home loan rates are getting worse.

To go one step further – a red “candle” means that MBS worsened during the day, while a green “candle” means MBS improved during the day. Depending on how dramatic the changes were on any given day, this can cause rate changes throughout the day, as well as on the rate sheets we start with each morning.

As you can see in the chart below, Mortgage Bonds worsened last week due to better than expected economic data. However, home loan rates remain near historic lows and I’ll continue to monitor their movement closely.

Chart: Fannie Mae 4.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday March 07, 2014)

Japanese Candlestick Chart

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Economic Calendar for the Week of March 10 – March 14

Date
ET
Economic Report
For
Estimate
Actual
Prior
Impact
Thu. March 13
08:30
Jobless Claims (Initial)
3/08
329K
323K
Moderate
Thu. March 13
08:30
Retail Sales
Feb
0.2%
-0.4%
HIGH
Thu. March 13
08:30
Retail Sales ex-auto
Feb
0.2%
0.0%
HIGH
Fri. March 14
08:30
Producer Price Index (PPI)
Feb
0.2%
0.2%
Moderate
Fri. March 14
08:30
Core Producer Price Index (PPI)
Feb
0.1%
0.2%
Moderate
Fri. March 14
10:00
Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM)
Mar
82.0
81.6
Moderate

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