The last 2 weeks have been woefully uneventful and moderately positive for bond markets.  Each week saw modest losses on Monday and gains on each subsequent day.  Not only were these two weeks similar to one another, but the block of time also turned out to be quite similar to the moderate gains seen in mid-June.  Until now, that had been the only substantial push back against the quick rise in rates that began in late April.

2015-7-26 Similarities

Each candle in the chart above represents one week.  Naturally, if we see another "green candle" at the end of this week, it will look like the current trend is breaking lower in a way that eluded the mid-June trend.  Conversely, if rates meet resistance here (aka: hit a floor), it would reinforce the longer-term uptrend that remains in place in 2015.

Unlike last week, we'll have a decent amount of economic data and scheduled events to help set the tone.  Durable Goods leads off today at 8:30am, and can always be a market mover if far enough from forecasts.  There are other important data releases throughout the week, as well as Treasury auctions.  Heading into Wednesday afternoon, the focus will increasingly shift to the Fed's policy announcement at 2pm.  This is NOT the meeting where the Fed is expected to make waves (i.e. no rate hike), but investors will be on the lookout for any shift in verbiage that corroborates the recent rhetoric on the speech circuit (suggesting 2015 = liftoff for the Fed Funds Rate).

As we discuss the Fed this week and the first rate hike in general, keep in mind that the Fed rate won't necessarily correlate with mortgage rates for several reasons.  First of all, Fed Funds is a super short term rate compared to MBS.  Bonds of different durations can vary quite a lot, and there are recent historical examples of short term rates rising much more quickly than long term rates.  Then again, the best recent example is simply the market moving to price in a Fed rate hike over the past few years.  During that time 10yr yields are lower and 2yr yields are higher.

2015-7-26 10s vs 2s

The point is that a Fed rate hike is no guarantee of rampantly rising mortgage rates.  Longer term rates reflect indecision about the global economy's ability to flourish.  A Fed rate hike would only add to that indecision.

MBS Pricing Snapshot
Pricing shown below is delayed, please note the timestamp at the bottom. Real time pricing is available via MBS Live.
FNMA 3.0
99-31 : +0-00
FNMA 3.5
103-09 : +0-00
FNMA 4.0
106-02 : +0-00
2 YR
0.6740 : -0.0080
10 YR
2.2390 : -0.0234
30 YR
2.9320 : -0.0282
Pricing as of 7/27/15 7:30AMEST

Tomorrow's Economic Calendar
Time Event Period Forecast Prior
Monday, Jul 27
8:30 Durable goods (%)* Jun 3.0 -2.2
Tuesday, Jul 28
9:00 CaseShiller 20 yy (% )* May 5.6 4.9
10:00 Consumer confidence * Jul 100.0 101.4
13:00 2-Yr Note Auction (bl)* 26
Wednesday, Jul 29
7:00 Mortgage Market Index w/e 376.6
10:00 Pending homes index Jun 112.6
13:00 5-Yr Note Auction (bl)* 35
14:00 FOMC rate decision (%)* N/A 0.13
Thursday, Jul 30
8:30 GDP Advance (%) Q2 2.6 -0.2
8:30 Initial Jobless Claims (k)* w/e 270 255
13:00 7-Yr Note Auction (bl)* 29
Friday, Jul 31
9:45 Chicago PMI * Jul 50.5 49.4
10:00 U Mich Sentiment Final (ip) Jul 94.0 93.3