Stocks, Rates and Jobs Data: The Weekly Market Update

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Jobs Share Brexit Spotlight

Brexit? No problem for our Teflon stock market. It took only a few days for our stock market to recover from the Brexit shock. We talked previously as to how resilient our markets have been. The next question: Will the markets use the momentum from this recovery to move past the levels we have seen for over a year?

Meanwhile, we ended last week’s commentary by referring to the hope that “rates stay low.” When we look back at that statement, it is almost laughable. Rates were low before they came down even further in response to Brexit. In perspective, from 1971 to 2008, a period of 37 years, the Freddie Mac rate survey never showed 30-year fixed rates below 5.0%, with the average closer to 7.0%. Today’s rates are close to half of this average rate. So we perhaps should say, “if rates stay ridiculously low.”

This week we had economic news which finally took some attention away from Brexit. June’s job numbers came in well above expectations, with 280,000 jobs added for the month. Ordinarily this strong jobs report would cause rates to surge higher, but when you look at the numbers in perspective, they were not quite as strong as they appear because it was a bounce back from virtually no job growth the previous month and the unemployment rate ticked up a bit to 4.9%. A higher unemployment rate at the same time that we had major jobs growth means that more Americans have reentered the job market, which is actually a good long-term sign. The bottom line? For now, the job market remains strong, but the long-term effects of Brexit have not been felt. Thus the markets are still expecting no action with regard to the Federal Reserve raising rates when they meet in a few weeks.


The Weekly Market Update

Rates continued to move lower in the wake of the Brexit vote, approaching lows seen only one-time in history. Freddie Mac announced that, for the week ending July 7, 30-year fixed rates fell to 3.41% from 3.48% the week before. The average for 15-year loans also decreased to 2.74% and the average for five-year adjustables moved down to 2.68%. A year ago, 30-year fixed rates were at 4.04%, more than one-half of one percent higher than today's levels.

Attributed to Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac -- "Continuing fallout from the Brexit vote drove Treasury yields lower again this week. The rate on 30-year fixed loans followed Treasury yields, falling 7 basis points to 3.41 percent in this week's survey. Rates on home loans have now dropped 15 basis points over the past two weeks, leaving them only 10 basis points above the all-time low."

Note: Rates indicated do not include fees and points and are provided for evidence of trends only. They should not be used for comparison purposes.


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