New Home Sales Surge to 7-Year High; Mortgage Rates Start Strong but Fade in Afternoon
Mortgage rates ended the day roughly in line with yesterday's latest levels on average. Rates were lower earlier this morning as bond markets got off to a strong start and stayed strong through the time of morning that most lenders release their first rate sheets. Generally, most lenders were close to their best levels in 4 months , though most had at least one day in late August that was slightly better. As the day progressed, the positive momentum began to wane . Part of the earlier strength came courtesy of weakness in equities markets. That weakness was fueled (no pun intended) by ongoing headlines surrounding Volkswagen's diesel scandal. A German newspaper leveled similar accusations at BMW, and global stock markets sold first and asked questions later. Eventually, the paper retracted
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