Mortgage Rates Move Higher on Strong Economic Data

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Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates moved higher today , following stronger economic data at home and abroad. In general, stronger economic data implies better growth, higher stock prices and higher rates. Although the traditional levels of correlation between data and rates have been thrown off for various reasons over the past year, we still see examples of that correlation from time to time. Today was one of those days. Economic data was stronger in Europe and Asia during the overnight session. This resulted in bond markets moving toward higher rates even before the domestic economic data came out. Today’s most significant domestic data was the ADP Employment report, which showed payroll creation of 250k per month compared to forecasts calling for 190k. This speaks to the potential for Friday’s official numbers…(read more)

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