- Jobless Claims – Initial claims fell a very sizeable 26,000 to a much lower-than-expected 323,000. The Econoday consensus was calling for 338,000.
- Employment Situation – The unemployment rate nudged up to 6.7%, while government jobs rebounded 13,000.
- Consumer Credit – Revolving credit posted a gain in December but reverted back to the negative column in January, at -$0.2 billion.
According to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey released by Freddie Mac, average mortgage rates decreased following weak economic and housing news.
30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) averaged 4.28% with an average 0.7 point for the week ending March 6, 2014, down from last week when they averaged 4.37%. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.52%.
15-year FRMs this week averaged 3.32% with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when they averaged 3.39%. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.76%.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 3.03% this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when they averaged 3.05%. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.63%.
1-year Treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 2.52% this week with an average 0.3 point, unchanged from last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.63%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2% while the S&P 500 added a single point for the week. The NASDAQ ended in the red following big declines in biotech stocks.
The Week Ahead
Thursday, March 13
Jobless Claims (8:30 a.m. ET) – New unemployment claims are compiled weekly to show the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time.
Retail Sales (8:30 a.m. ET) – Retail sales measure the total receipts at stores that sell merchandise and related services to final consumers. Sales are by retail and food service stores.
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