Maine Mortgage Market Wrap

MARKET WRAP: Mortgage finished near unchanged levels but were able to pare losses after news that a new earthquake hit Japan, which drew money out of Stocks and into the Bond markets. The 4% coupon finished at 97.78 up 6bp. The only economic report today showed that Initial Jobless Claims fell 10,000 in the latest week but the news didn’t have much of an impact on trading. Stocks suffered moderate losses after the Japan news as the Dow lost 17.26 to 12,409.49, the S&P 500 lost 2.03 to 1,333.51 while the Nasdaq dropped 3.68 to 2,796.14. Oil settled at $110.30 up $1.47. There are no economic reports set for tomorrow.

Weak Existing Home Sales and AT&T Buys T-Mobile

MARKET WRAP: The announcement from the Treasury that it will begin selling $10B in Mortgage Backed Securities each month starting this month sent MBS prices lower today. The total amount the Treasury owns is $142B. The news sent MBS and Treasuries considerably lower but they did manage to pare some of those losses by the close of trading. The 4% coupon fell 34bp to end the session at 98.97, despite a weak read on Existing Home sales. A big M&A deal and a somewhat stabilization of Japan’s nuclear reactor problems helped to boost Stock prices today and as money came out of the Bond markets. AT&T announced it will purchase T-Mobile in a deal worth $39B. The Dow surged 178.01 to 12,036.53, the Nasdaq rose 48.42 to 2,692.09 while the S&P 500 gained 19.18 to 1,298. Oil prices rose as the US and western allies launched an air attack on Libya in an effort to oust Gadhafi settling at $102.33/barrel up $1.26. There are no major economic reports due for release tomorrow.

Japan continues to rock the markets

MARKET WRAP: The devastation in Japan continued to rock the markets today forcing investors to panic sell in the equity markets pushing the Dow Jones down nearly 300 points before paring more than half of those losses by the time the Stock markets closed at 4:00pm ET. The selling of equities lifted the Bond markets but Bonds reversed course and shed many of those gains as the day progressed, especially after the Fed was more upbeat on the economic recovery and noted commodity inflation in its FOMC statement. The benchmark 4% coupon finished at 98.88 after being as high as 99.31 up 22bp for the session. The Dow fell 137.74 to 11,855.42, the S&P 500 Index fell 14.52 to 1,281.87 while the Nasdaq dropped 33.64 to 2,667.33. Oil settled at $97.19/barrel down $4.01. Tomorrow’s data includes Housing Starts/Building Permits along with the Producer Price Index.

Japan and the Mid East Impact Bonds.

Mortgage Bonds moved higher today on the devastating news out of Japan and as the unrest in the Mid East continues but they closed well off the best levels of the session halted by resistance and as Stocks were able to pair 2/3s of the days losses. The 4% coupon finished at 98.66 up 22bp. There were no economic reports today. As mentioned, Stocks were able t pare some losses as investors bought on the dips. The Dow fell 51.24 to 11,993.16, the S&P lost 7.89 to 1,296.39 while the Nasdaq dropped 14.64 to 2,700.97. Oil traded below the $100 mark today but was able to reverse course and move higher as news that the rebels in Libya were being defeated settling at $101.19/barrel near unchanged after trading as low as $98.47. The Fed will have a 1-day FOMC meeting tomorrow with the statement being delivered at 2:15pm ET. The only major economic report will be the NY State Empire Manufacturing Index.