MMG WEEKLY – WHAT ARE THEY SAYING THIS WEEK?

MMG WeeklyForecast for the Week 

A full slate of economic reports is ahead, with several key data points that could move the markets.

  • Monday’s Durable Goods Orders and Wednesday’s Gross Domestic Product Report will give us signs as to how our economy is doing.
  • Monday also brings more news on the housing market with Pending Home Sales, which will be followed by Tuesday’s Case Shiller 20-city Home Price Index.
  • We’ll get a sense of how the consumer is feeling with Consumer Confidence on Tuesday and the Consumer Sentiment Index on Friday.
  • Thursday brings several key economic reports, including Initial Jobless Claims, Chicago PMI, Personal Income and Spending, and the inflation-reading Core Personal Consumption Expenditure, the Fed’s favorite measure of inflation.
  • Rounding out the week, the all-important Non-Farm Payrolls will be reported along with the Unemployment Rate. Also on Friday, the ISM Index will be delivered.

In addition, the Federal Reserve will meet for its two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, with the monetary policy statement released at 2:15pm ET on Wednesday. The statement will be dissected for any hints on the current purchase programs of Mortgage Backed and Treasury Securities. If there is any talk of halting the programs this year, it could lead to lower Bond prices and a push higher in home loan rates.

Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The chart below shows Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond that home loan rates are based on.

When you see these Bond prices moving higher, it means home loan rates are improving — and when they are moving lower, home loan rates are getting worse.

To go one step further — a red “candle” means that MBS worsened during the day, while a green “candle” means MBS improved during the day. Depending on how dramatic the changes were on any given day, this can cause rate changes throughout the day, as well as on the rate sheets we start with each morning.

As you can see in the chart below, Bonds and home loan rates worsened after positive economic data was released last week. I’ll continue to watch all the news and market action closely.

Chart: Fannie Mae 3.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday Jan 25, 2013)

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FTC Warns of New E-mail Scam Small-business owners are the target of this phishing scheme.

By Cameron Huddleston, Kiplinger.com

The Federal Trade Commission is warning small-business owners not to open e-mails with the subject line “Notification of Consumer Complaint.” The e-mail falsely claims to be from the FTC and states that a complaint has been filed with the government agency against their company.

E-mails of this sort often prompt recipients to click on a link or open an attachment. However, these links and attachments usually install malware or a virus on your computer if you click on them. Then you’re at risk of having personal information stored on your computer stolen.

The FTC says that you should delete such e-mails. It also offers tips on how to reduce your risk of downloading malicious software onto your computer.

  • Keep your security software updated by setting it to update automatically.
  • Don’t buy software in response to pop-up messages on your computer or e-mails. Scammers use ads that claim to have scanned your computer and detected malware to get people to install malicious software.
  • Make sure your Internet browser security setting is high enough to detect unauthorized downloads. For example, Internet Explorer users should have their security setting at medium, at a minimum.
  • Use a pop-up blocker on your browser (look for the security tab in your brower’s options). Links in pop-ups can contain malware.

If you notice that your computer is running slower, crashes often or repeatedly displays error messages, it may have a virus. Other warnings signs include new toolbars or icons on your desktop, a barrage of pop-ups, Web sites that you didn’t intend to visit displaying on your screen and a laptop battery that drains quickly.


See Protect Yourself From New Phishing Schemes for more advice on avoiding fraudulent e-mails.

Reprinted with permission. All Contents ©2013 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Kiplinger.com.

Economic Calendar for the Week of January 28 – February 01

Date
ET
Economic Report
For
Estimate
Actual
Prior
Impact
Mon. January 28
08:30
Durable Goods Orders
Dec
2.5%
0.8%
Moderate
Mon. January 28
10:00
Pending Home Sales
Dec
0.8%
1.7%
Moderate
Tue. January 29
09:00
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index
Nov
NA
4.3%
Moderate
Tue. January 29
10:00
Consumer Confidence
Jan
64.6
65.1
Moderate
Wed. January 30
01:00
GDP Chain Deflator
Q4
NA
2.7%
Moderate
Wed. January 30
08:15
ADP National Employment Report
Jan
165K
215K
Moderate
Wed. January 30
08:30
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Q4
1.0%
3.1%
Moderate
Wed. January 30
02:15
FOMC Meeting
Jan
NA
0.25%
HIGH
Thu. January 31
08:30
Employment Cost Index (ECI)
Q4
0.5%
0.4%
Moderate
Thu. January 31
08:30
Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE
Dec
NA
0.0%
HIGH
Thu. January 31
08:30
Personal Spending
Dec
0.3%
0.4%
Moderate
Thu. January 31
08:30
Personal Income
Dec
0.8%
0.6%
Moderate
Thu. January 31
08:30
Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE
YOY
NA
1.5%
HIGH
Thu. January 31
08:30
Jobless Claims (Initial)
01/26
350K
330K
Moderate
Thu. January 31
09:45
Chicago PMI
Jan
50.3
48.9
Moderate
Fri. February 01
08:30
Non-farm Payrolls
Jan
158K
155K
HIGH
Fri. February 01
08:30
Unemployment Rate
Jan
7.8%
7.8%
HIGH
Fri. February 01
08:30
Average Work Week
Jan
NA
34.5
HIGH
Fri. February 01
08:30
Hourly Earnings
Jan
NA
0.3%
HIGH
Fri. February 01
10:00
Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM)
Jan
71.3
71.3
Moderate
Fri. February 01
10:00
ISM Services Index
Jan
50.5
50.7
Moderate

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