Morning Report: FOMC and Jobs Report will be the highlights of the week 1/29/18

Vital Statistics:

Last Change
S&P Futures 2867.8 -6.8
Eurostoxx Index 400.4 -0.2
Oil (WTI) 54.7 -0.4
US dollar index 83.4 0.3
10 Year Govt Bond Yield 2.71%
Current Coupon Fannie Mae TBA 103.591
Current Coupon Ginnie Mae TBA 103.688
30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage 4.19

Stocks are lower this morning on no real news. Bonds and MBS are down.

This should be a big week for the bond market, with the FOMC meeting in the middle of the week and the jobs report on Friday. No move is expected at the FOMC meeting, but people will focus on the language of the statement. Since this is Janet Yellen’s last meeting most of the attention will probably be on her and not the statement.

Aside from the Fed meeting this week, Treasury will announce 10 and 30 year bond issues, and the expectation is that it will be the first increase since 2009. With Treasury selling more paper, while the Fed cuts its purchases, it could be a rough week for bonds.

Personal Incomes and Personal Spending rose 0.4% in December. The PCE price index was up .1% MOM / 1.7% YOY and the core PCE price index was up .2% MOM and 1.5% YOY. This puts the core PCE index at an increase of 1.5% for the year, and marks the 6th year in a row inflation has undershot the Fed’s target. The savings rate is the lowest since 2005.

Freddie Mac’s total loan portfolio increased 9% on an annualized basis in December. Their DQ rate slipped from 1.08% to .97%.

Home prices rose annually for the 67th consecutive month to $283,000 according to the Black Knight Financial Services Home Price Index. The MOM gain was .27%. As of November, home prices were up 6.5% for the year.

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