Rate Update July 27, 2010

Mortgage rates are unchanged so far today but we may see them move higher as the day goes on.

The “flight-to-quality” trade is unwinding a bit in the financial markets today.  Stronger than expected earnings reported by European banks is cultivating some confidence in the equity markets.  As a result we’re seeing yields move modestly higher so far today.

10 year treasury yields have broken through technical resistance while the S & P 500 pierced through it’s 200-day moving average.  From a technical perspective this could mark a trend reversal which has me concerned.

Standard & Poors released the Case-Shiller Home Price Index report for May.  It showed positive growth but must be taken with a grain of salt since the first-time homebuyer tax credit was still in effect.

Due to the technical trading patterns I am going to shift to a locking stance.

Current outlook: locking