Bonds and home loan rates hate good news. So, the influx of positive news abroad coupled with strong jobs data here in the U.S. pressured mortgage bonds lower and home loan rates higher.
The main event, which helped Stocks and hurt home loan rates, included fresh progress on the U.S./China trade front as both parties are set to meet once again in October. To be clear here, a U.S./China trade deal would be incredible for the entire global economy as it would spark more trade talks and deals around the world. If a deal is had, home loan rates will suffer — the opposite is also true.
Bonds and home loan rates also hate uncertainty. So, when some uncertainty was lifted, as Brexit now appears to be on hold for the time being, this also helped stocks at the expense of home loan rates. Finally, seeing uncertainty removed in Hong Kong as protests simmer down was yet another hurdle for U.S. Bonds to contend with.
The Goldilocks economy in the U.S. continues. August jobs growth remains strong, the consumer continues to spend, and there is no recession in sight. All this good news and we still have home loan rates hovering near three-year lows.
Bottom line: the ability to borrow money this cheap to either refinance or purchase a home will not last forever, so take advantage. If the Fed and global banks are successful in keeping economic expansion alive, today’s rates will be in the rearview mirror.
Trade and Brexit news, fears of a global economic slowdown, and a strong dollar will continue to influence the U.S. markets in the upcoming week while key consumer data will be released.
The post Labor Day rally for stocks weighed on bond prices in recent days while global yields increased. After the August decline, investors were looking for some bargains in the equity markets and have pushed the closely watched S&P 500 up 5% from the mid-August lows.
The markets will be eagerly awaiting the numbers from August Retail Sales to gauge if the consumer remains strong and continues to spend their hard-earned dollars. Consumer spending makes up a big chunk (70%) of Gross Domestic Product and is vital for economic expansion. In addition, the inflation reading Consumer Price Index will be released, though we don’t see any upside pressure to inflation.
There will be no Fed speak this week as the blackout period begins ahead of the September 17-18 Federal Open Market Committee meeting.
Reports to watch:
- Inflation data will come from Wednesday’s Producer Price Index and Thursday’s Consumer Price Index.
- Retail Sales and Consumer Sentiment will be released on Friday.