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Mortgage Rates Under Modest Pressure After Retail Sales Data

Mortgage rates were flat to slightly higher today, following a stronger-than-expected Retail Sales report.  The bond market (which dictates mortgage rates) was eagerly awaiting the week’s first major economic data.  Even though the Fed will almost certainly cut rates at the end of the month, additional cuts depend heavily on the balance of economic data.  To whatever extent the data is strong, the Fed becomes less likely to continue cutting rates and the broader financial market becomes less interested in bonds.  When investors are interested in buying bonds, it’s good for rates!

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