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Daily Market Watch for Friday, November 17, 2017 (Courtesy of Larry Baer and Market Alert )
Favors steady rates and steady to fractionally higher prices -- but just barely.
Long Term Trend (6 days or more): Favors stable rates and generally steady prices.
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Mortgage interest rates hovered in an exceptionally tight range this week as mortgage investors chose to be very cautious as Congress grappled with crafting the most far-reaching overhaul of the U.S. tax system in 31 years.

The House passed their version of tax reform yesterday, and the Senate expects to vote on their version of changes to the code sometime right after the Thanksgiving break. The House vote fell straight down party lines, and it is highly likely the Senate vote will reflect complete party bias as well.

The Senate’s passage of its bill is not a certainty. Republicans have 52 seats of the 100 seats available in the Senate. If they lose more than two votes – the effort to pass the tax measure will likely fail, and the whole idea will be back to “square one.”

No one’s sure what the final package will look like, or for that matter whether tax reform legislation will likely ever actually see the light of day. With the level of uncertainty surrounding this major issue so high -- mortgage investors have adopted a “better-safe-than-sorry” strategy and moved into their foxholes with their helmets on and their heads down while they await the final Congressional showdown.

From a credit market investor’s perspective, a steep cut to the corporate tax rate will likely ratchet up inflation pressures. If so, the upward pressure on interest rates, including mortgage interest rates, will be pronounced.

It is also worth noting the government debt ceiling must be renegotiated and approved before the current extension expires on Friday, December 8th.

The only thing on today's economic calendar is the October Housing Starts and Building Permit report.

The Commerce Department announced earlier this morning the pace of new home construction rose to its highest level in nearly a year as builders picked up the pace after hurricane-related delays in September. October housing starts climbed 13.7%. Starts for single-family homes gained 5.3% over the prior month while multi-family (five or more units) increased 37.4%.

Building permits, a harbinger of coming construction, were up 5.9% led by a 13.9% month-over-month gain in multi-family permits. Permits to build single-family residential units were up 1.9%.

This report did not influence the trend trajectory of mortgage interest rates one way or the other today. Mortgage investors largely discount single month stats for this data series. The reason why? In the detail of this release Commerce Department statisticians point out the values represented in this report are exceptionally volatile by a wide margin. They go on to say there is a 90% chance the actual headline housing start gain will probably prove to be a value somewhere between 3.2% and a 24.2%.

The coming holiday-shortened week’s economic calendar will feature October Existing Home Sale on Tuesday, October Durable Goods Orders on Wednesday morning followed by the release of the minutes from the Fed’s two-day meeting that concluded on November 1st that same afternoon. There is nothing here likely to influence the current trend trajectory of mortgage interest rates one way or the other.

The mortgage-market will operate on a regular schedule on Wednesday, November 22nd, it will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving Holiday and the market will close early on Friday, November 24th at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Commentary and Chart Courtesy of Larry Baer and Market Alert

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