Headline News from Last Week
- Pending Home Sales – The housing market appears to be split with sales of new homes weak but sales of existing homes still respectable. Pending sales came in at a solid 102.7 in June, down a bit from a revised 103.8 in May.
- S&P Case-Shiller HPI – Home-price appreciation is slowing rapidly. With a seasonally adjusted -0.3%, this marks the first negative reading since January 2012.
- Jobless Claims – Initial claims rose 23,000, while continuing claims jumped 31,000.
- Employment Situation – Payroll growth was on the soft side in July, although still relatively positive. Total nonfarm payroll jobs rose 209,000 in July after a 298,000 gain in June.
According to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey released by Freddie Mac, averaged fixed-rate mortgage rates changed little while remaining near their 2014 lows prior to a positive gross domestic product reading.
30-year fixed-rate mortgages (FRMs) averaged 4.12% with an average 0.6 point for the week ending July 31, 2014, down from last week when they averaged 4.13%. A year ago at this time, 30-year FRMs averaged 4.39%.
15-year FRMs this week averaged 3.23% with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when they averaged 3.26%. A year ago at this time, 15-year FRMs averaged 3.43%.
5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 3.01% this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when they averaged 2.99%. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.18%.
1-year Treasury-indexed ARMs averaged 2.38% this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when they averaged 2.39%. At this time last year, 1-year ARMs averaged 2.64%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 70 points Friday on what turned out to be a bad day all around for stocks. The S&P 500 fell nearly 3% for the week, while the NASDAQ decreased more than 2%.
The Week Ahead
Wednesday, August 6
MBA Purchase Applications (7:00 a.m. ET) – The purchase applications index measures applications at mortgage lenders. This is a leading indicator for single-family home sales and housing construction.
Thursday, August 7
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.
Consumer Credit (3:00 p.m. ET) – Consumer credit shows the dollar value of consumer installment credit outstanding. Changes in consumer credit indicate the state of consumer finances and portend future spending patterns.
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