March 31st, 2017 4:43 PM by Dana Bain
Mortgage bond prices finished the week a little higher which helped rates hold steady. Rates started the week lower with no data Monday in response to the failure to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. Stocks took a hit early amid concerns that stimulus spending would run into similar legislative issues. Some of the rate improvements were erased mid-week as several Fed officials talked about rate hikes. Weekly jobless claims were 258K versus the expected 245K. Q4 GDP rose 2.1% versus the expected 2% increase. Personal Income rose 0.4% as expected. Outlays were a little weaker than expected with an increase of 0.1% versus 0.2%. PCE core inflation (The Fed's preferred inflation gauge) rose 0.2% as expected. Mortgage interest rates finished the week better by approximately 1/8 of discount point despite some volatility.LOOKING AHEAD
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The ADP employment report is a measure of employment derived from data of roughly 500,000 US businesses. The survey focuses on the private sector of the economy. In contrast, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the regular employment report which includes both private and government employment statistics.The Fed is usually focused on inflation. Tightening employment conditions can result in wage inflation. The ADP report provides solid data on these conditions. Despite this, the data can still diverge from the regular employment report. The employment report is derived from a household survey and an establishment survey. These surveys often differ from one another and from the ADP employment report in that they are based on different data sets. There are no guarantees that the most important employment report the first Friday of each month will mirror the ADP report released 2 days prior but the Fed looks at all the data.
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