Morning Market Update: January 21, 2021

Yields Rally as Equities Rise

Commentary for Wednesday: Treasurys rallied and equities gained as President Biden was sworn in and earnings season moves into full swing. Yields began the day higher ahead of the inauguration. However, yields moved lower as Biden's relief spending plan drew criticism from Senate Republicans. Yields ended lower and flatter.

This Morning: Treasury yields rise following the release of economic data on Housing Starts and Permits and better than expected data from the Philadelphia Fed Outlook.

U.S. mortgage applications index fell by 1.9% in the week ended January 15 after rising 16.7% the prior week. Purchases increased 2.7% following an 8% rise the prior week while refis fell 4.7% following a rise of 20.1% last week. The average 30-year mortgage was reported at 2.92%.

Homebuilder confidence unexpectedly fell to 83 in January against expectations of 86, the same level as recorded in December. The present single-family sales component fell from 92 to 90, future single-family sales gauge fell from 85 to 83, and the prospective buyers component fell from 68 to 73 month-over-month.


The morning market update is provided by: 

solutionsheadshots_hotchkiss_smJames Hotchkiss
Director, Member Strategy and Solutions


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