Weekly Market Update from Curt Dalpiaz




March 28, 2011 


Curt & Shannon Dalpiaz
Loan Officer
141 S McCormick Street
Suite #107
Prescott, AZ 86303

Hello Brad,

Whether you're running a race or a business, it's all about timing and strength. This is especially relevant as we start the final week of the month. Clients need our guidance more than ever, and every moment counts.

If you need help – or simply want to talk or brainstorm an idea – I'd be delighted to assist you. I'm on your team and enjoy every aspect of our business. Here's to your success and finishing strong!


Curt Dalpiaz




Treasury Will Sell MBS



Average 30 yr fixed rate

Stocks (Weekly)


The Jobless Claims four-week average declined to the lowest level since July 2008

The Treasury will auction $99 billion in 2-yr, 5-yr, and 7-yr securities this week

Gold prices rose to record levels near $1,435 per ounce

Portugal's sovereign debt rating was cut by S&P


This week: +0.05%


Dow: 12,200 +300




Last week: -0.10%


NASDAQ: 2,750 +100



With no major developments in Japan or the Middle East and little economic data on the schedule, mortgage markets had one of their quietest weeks of the year. The only significant market moving news was an unexpected announcement from the Treasury on Monday, which pushed mortgage rates a little higher. For the rest of the week, mortgage rates barely changed.

The Treasury announced on Monday that it will begin selling its remaining $142 billion in agency-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities (MBS) holdings. Beginning this month, the Treasury plans to sell up to $10 billion per month, as they wind down the emergency programs put in place in 2008 during the financial crisis. The expected increase in future supply pushed MBS prices lower. Mortgage rates, which are largely based on MBS prices, moved higher. The big question now is what the Federal Reserve plans to do with its larger $944 billion MBS portfolio. A similar announcement from the Fed would have a much larger negative effect on mortgage rates.

The housing sector data released last week was weaker than expected. February Existing Home Sales fell 10% from January. The inventory of unsold existing homes rose to an 8.6-month supply from a 7.5-month supply in January. Distressed sales accounted for 39% of all sales. Median existing home prices dropped 5% to the lowest level since April 2002. February New Home Sales fell 17%. As a result of price declines and continued low mortgage rates, home affordability is at the most favorable level in years, according to data from both the NAR and the NAHB.


The biggest economic event this week will be the important Employment report on Friday. As usual, this data on the number of jobs, the Unemployment Rate, and wage inflation will be the most highly anticipated economic data of the month. Early estimates are for a gain of 170K jobs in March. Before the employment data, Pending Home Sales, Personal Income and the Core PCE price index will come out on Monday. Chicago PMI will come out on Thursday, and the ISM Manufacturing index will be released on Friday. Consumer Confidence, Factory Orders and Construction Spending will round out the schedule. There will be Treasury auctions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The FDIC is expected to release its proposed definition of a Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) this week as well. This announcement will begin to clarify which loans will be subject to risk retention.



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