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Daily Market Watch for Monday, February 27, 2017 (Courtesy of Larry Baer and Market Alert )
Short Term Trend (5 days or less): Favors steady rates and slightly lower prices.
Long Term Trend (6 days or more): Favors steady rates and slightly lower prices.
                      30 Year Fixed (National Average)
15-Minute Daily Chart of the Fannie Mae 5.0% - 30 Year from mktalert.net


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The January Durable Goods Orders headline number proved significantly stronger-than-expected – posting a gain of 1.8%.

Mortgage investors shrugged the outsized improvement off when details contained in the report showed the increase was fueled by a 70% jump in orders for passenger planes and a 60% jump in advanced bookings for fighter jets and related military goods. Striking out the highly volatile transportation component the data showed orders for other goods manufactured to last three-years or more fell 0.2% last month – the first decline in this measure in six months. Mortgage investors yawned.

Still to come this week will be the government’s first “guesstimate” of Q4 Gross Domestic Product (a measure of the value of all the goods and services produced in the country) will be a “conversation starter” on Tuesday. Wednesday will feature a trio of reports – January Income and Spending, the Institute of Supply Management’s January Manufacturing Index and the Fed’s Beige Book. The week will round out on Friday morning with the release of the Institute of Supply Management’s Service Sector Index.

Of all the items on the heavily populated economic calendar mortgage investors will likely pay closest attention to the core personal consumption expenditure index component of Wednesday’s Personal Income and Spending report. The core PCE index is the Fed’s favorite measure of inflation at the consumer level.

As I write, economists expect this measure of inflation to edge 0.1% higher from December’s reading of 0.1%. If so, the modest uptick is unlikely to materially affect the current trend trajectory of mortgage interest rates. A gain of 0.3% or more is almost certain to cause mortgage investors to begin aggressively anticipating a March rate hike from the Fed – and that is not the “stuff” the prospects for lower mortgage interest rates is made of.

As I mentioned in this week’s edition of “Viewpoint” --The biggest “wild card” of the week will undoubtedly be President Trump’s address Tuesday evening to a joint session of Congress. Wall Street has their fingers crossed Mr. Trump will lay out a detailed agenda addressing tax cuts for business and the middle class, as well as specific fiscal spending plans for upgrades to the nation’s infrastructure.

Talk about tax relief has been an especially big driver behind recent stock market gains. If the stock investment community comes away from this event with the impression Trump’s pro-growth policies are going to be slow in developing – stock traders’ patience will be sorely tested – and equity prices will be very vulnerable to the development of a round of moderate to heavy selling pressure.

Friday’s back-to-back speeches to be made by the two most influential members of the Federal Open Market Committee is in almost a dead heat for the “wild card” event of the week honors.

Many have convinced themselves the Fisher/Yellen speeches may contain hints about a March rate hike – an event that is not currently priced into the credit markets. In the unlikely event Mr. Fisher and/or Mrs. Yellen talk-up the possibility of an interest rate hike in March -- it is highly likely mortgage interest rates will have a very difficult time trying to find the necessary traction to move to yet lower levels.
Commentary and Chart Courtesy of Larry Baer and Market Alert

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