Mortgage Market Summary

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Mortgage Market Commentary

This week provides investors information on the housing market and manufacturing, but the most significant economic data released will be the monthly inflation reports. The week begins with the Empire State manufacturing index, a survey of factory executives from New York, New Jersey and one county in Connecticut and the earliest measure of regional manufacturing. Also Monday, the Treasury International Capital report details long term investment inflows from foreign investors. Tuesday the Producer Price Index (PPI) comes out, which focuses on the increase in prices for goods used to produce finished products. Housing starts and building permits provide a view of the housing market and construction industry, both expected to be awful. Rounding out a busy Tuesday is Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization figures. Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the most closely watched inflation report and will come out on Wednesday. The CPI looks at the price change for finished goods sold to consumers, while the core rate excludes volatile food and energy prices. Information on mortgage applications from the Mortgage Bankers Association is due out also on Wednesday. Thursday we get Jobless Claims, Leading Economic Indicators and the Philadelphia Fed Index, all important barometers of the economy, but ultimately the Treasury's announcement of the size of their next round of debt offerings will be the primary focus of the day. Friday there are no economic reports due out but it is "Quadruple Witching" day, when all cash and futures contracts expire along with the indexes themselves. Tendency is for an extremely volatile day in the equity

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