|10 Year Government Bond Yield||2.97%|
|30 Year fixed rate mortgage||4.62%|
Stocks are flat this morning after GDP came in higher than expected. Bonds and MBS are up small.
The advance estimate of first quarter GDP came in at 2.3%, higher than the Street 2.0% estimate. Consumption rose 1.1%, in line with estimates, and inflation was lower than expected at 2%. In many ways, this was a Goldilocks type report, with decent growth and controlled inflation. The savings rate increased to 3.1%, compared to 2.6% in the fourth quarter. One note of caution: the first quarter has had some quirky measurement issues over the past several years, which has subjected it to subsequent upward revisions. The tax cuts will probably have a similar effect this time around.
Wage inflation is picking up, according to the Employment Cost Index which rose 0.8% for the quarter and is up 2.7% for the year. Wages and salaries increased 0.9% compared to 0.5% in the previous quarter. For the Fed, these two reports this morning are great news. Real wage growth (2.7% increase in wages and salaries less a 2% increase in inflation) with moderate growth and inflation.
Consumer sentiment slipped from March’s 14 year high in April to a still strong 98.8.
The Fed Funds futures are predicting a 93% chance of another 25 basis point hike at the June meeting.
North and South Korea pledged to de-nuclearize the peninsula and declare an official end to the 50 year old Korean War.
Freddie Mac is introducing its 3% down product for first-time homebuyers – HomeOne. With an Affordable Second, the LTV can go as high as 105%. Income and geographic limits are intended to reach a broad audience.