Mortgage bond prices closed slightly below the levels where daily pricing was set applying upward pressure to mortgage rates. Trade was volatile all day tied to the movement in stocks. Equity and bond prices were yo-yoing with each snippet of news out of Europe. Tomorrow brings weekly jobless claims and Q3 advanced GDP before lenders set pricing. Prepare yourself and your borrowers for a wild ride. Regardless of what happens in Europe stocks and bonds will most likely be EXTREMELY volatile.
This morning, FHFA announced their enhancements to the HARP refinancing program. Operational details of the plan are to be released on November 15. Only loans that were purchased or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac on or before May 31, 2009 and have a current LTV over 80% are eligible. In addition, the loan must be current, no late payments in the last six months and no more than one late in the last 12 months. There are no restrictions on who may refinance these loans.
Program guidelines include:
- No limit on LTV, if new loan is a fixed rate loan (current LTV must be above 80%)
- Loans previously refinanced under HARP not allowed
- Certain agency fees will be waived if new loan is a shorter term loan
- Appraisals not required where Agency AVM is available
- Certain originator Reps and Warrants will be waived
The head of the National Transitional Council military arm announced on Al Jazeera Arabic that Gadhafi is dead. The report hasn’t been confirmed.
Mortgage bonds are weaker at the open pushing rates higher as news out of Europe indicates the euro zone’s bailout facility will be able to buy EU bonds on the secondary market. The US debt market was weaker heading into the jobs data and didn’t move move following it.
Stock futures are higher adding addition pressure to mortgage bonds. The flight to quality buying of US debt instruments continues to fluxuate as hopes of a European debt solution increase. AS WE CONTINUE TO STATE….the trouble in Europe is far from over and we have been on this roller coaster for some time so expected more volatility to come!!!
Weekly jobless claims @ 403k, expected @ 400k, relatively in line with expectations
Fed Chairman Bernanke spoke on Capitol Hill today on the economy and said that the Fed would take necessary steps to grow the economy. The Dow was down 250 points at one point, then traded back to unchanged, then down 200 before closing up 150 points. Mortgage Bonds traded the opposite way of Stocks during the session but at one point Stocks and Bonds were both trading lower. But around 2:30 – 3:00pm ET, a report that EU finance ministers are looking at ways of coordinating to recapitalize European financial institutions pushed Stocks well into positive territory near the close.