|US dollar index||87.0||0.1|
|10 Year Govt Bond Yield||1.57%|
|Current Coupon Fannie Mae TBA||103.3|
|Current Coupon Ginnie Mae TBA||104.2|
|30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage||3.49|
Markets are higher this morning in spite of a massive terrorist attack in France. Bonds and MBS are down.
Lots of stronger-than-expected economic data this morning
The Consumer Price index rose 0.2% versus expectations of 0.3%. On an annualized basis, it rose 1%. Ex food and energy, it is up 2.3% YOY. Note the Fed prefers the Personal Consumption Expenditure index and not the CPI.
Retail sales came in stronger than expected – up 0.6% versus expectations of 0.1%. Retail sales had a sluggish start to the year, which partly drove the lousy 1.1% Q1 GDP growth rate. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some strategists and the Fed take up Q2 GDP estimates on this number.
Industrial Production rose 0.6% last month and manufacturing production rose 0.4%. Both numbers beat estimates. Capacity Utilization rose to 75.4%, again better than expectations.
It is hard to believe, but the 10 year bond has picked up 20 basis points in yield since Monday morning. This is the biggest weekly loss in a year. Whether that was “the top” remains to be seen: markets can have ferocious sell-offs in the context of a bull market. At the end of the day, the US is going to be driven by foreign bond trading. The German Bund went from -18 basis points on Monday to nearly 0% this morning.
Larry Fink of Blackrock says that a .75% 10-year yield wouldn’t surprise him.
Wells Fargo reported a 4% YOY increase in net income for the second quarter. Mortgage origination was up 2% YOY. Citi beat numbers.