Posted January 14, 2014Tweet
A stronger than expected Retail Sales report has hurt MBS this morning. December Retail Sales increased 0.2% from November, above the consensus for a flat reading of 0.0%. Retail Sales ex-Auto rose 0.7%, also above the consensus. Blunting some of the report's impact, the figures for November were revised a little lower.
Import Prices were flat, compared to a consensus for an increase of 0.4%.
This chart shows the change in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) prices from today's market open at 8:00 AM ET and tracks how MBS prices have changed until the time of this post. The vertical-axis reflects the change in MBS pricing as measured in 32nds. Each 32nd is equal to 3.125 basis points.
MBS prices correlate and are inversely related to today's mortgage rates available from U.S. banks and lenders. When MBS prices rise, mortgage rates tend to fall. When MBS prices fall, mortgage rates tend to rise. In general, a .250 change in MBS pricing corresponds to a 0.125 percentage point change in mortgage rates.
MBS pricing is provided by MBSQuoteline, a mortgage pricing subscription service available to loan officers, real estate agents, and finance professionals. Today's mortgage rates are based on the real-time pricing shown above.
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