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Daily Mortgage Rates End Week Higher | January 15 & 16, 2022

The interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ended the week on the upswing, averaging 3.898%.

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The interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ended the week on the upswing, averaging 3.898%. Refinance loans also saw an increase with the 30-year rate at 4.037%.

Mortgage rates have been steadily climbing since the beginning of the year. While higher rates may be discouraging, they are still relatively low and afford well-qualified borrowers the chance to lock in low rates and monthly payments on a new mortgage or refinance loan.

  • The latest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.898%.
  • The latest rate on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.91%. ⇑
  • The latest rate on a 5/1 ARM is 2.442%. ⇔
  • The latest rate on a 7/1 ARM is 3.781% ⇓
  • The latest rate on a 10/1 ARM is 4.017%. ⇓

Money’s daily mortgage rates reflect what a borrower with a 20% down payment and a 700 credit score — roughly the national average score — might pay if he or she applied for a home loan right now. Each day’s rates are based on the average rate 8,000 lenders offered to applicants the previous business day. Freddie Mac’s weekly rates will generally be lower, since they measure rates offered to borrowers with higher credit scores.

Today’s 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates

  • The 30-year rate is 3.898%.
  • That’s a one-day increase of 0.026 percentage points.
  • That’s a one-month increase of 0.299 percentage points.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is preferred by most borrowers because of its long payback time, which results in relatively low and steady monthly payment. People also like the predictable interest rate, which won’t change unless you refinance. The potential downside is that the interest rate will be higher compared to a shorter-term loan, which means you’ll actually pay more for this type of loan over time.

Today’s 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rates

  • The 15-year rate is 2.91%.
  • That’s a one-day increase of 0.047 percentage points.
  • That’s a one-month increase of 0.341 percentage points.

A 15-year fixed-rate mortgage will have a lower interest rate than a longer-term loan, which means you’ll pay less money over the life of the mortgage. The drawback is that the shorter term means the monthly payments will be higher and may not be as affordable.

The latest rates on adjustable-rate mortgages

  • The latest rate on a 5/1 ARM is 2.442%. ⇔
  • The latest rate on a 7/1 ARM is 3.781%. ⇓
  • The latest rate on a 10/1 ARM is 4.017%. ⇓

Adjustable-rate mortgages are a different option. The interest rate will be fixed at first, then change at predictable intervals. The rate on a 5/1 ARM, for example, will be fixed for five years, then change annually. The advantage of an ARM is that the initial interest rate is very low. The potential disadvantage is that, once the loan becomes adjustable, the rate can increase substantially causing the monthly payments to increase as well.

The latest VA, FHA and jumbo loan rates

The average rates for FHA, VA and jumbo loans are:

  • The rate on a 30-year FHA mortgage is 3.667%. ⇔
  • The rate on a 30-year VA mortgage is 3.688%. ⇓
  • The rate on a 30-year jumbo mortgage is 3.555%. ⇔

The latest mortgage refinance rates

The average refinance rates for 30-year loans, 15-year loans and ARMs are:

  • The refinance rate on a 30-year fixed-rate refinance is 4.037%. ⇑
  • The refinance rate on a 15-year fixed-rate refinance is 3.045%. ⇑
  • The refinance rate on a 5/1 ARM is 2.737%. ⇔
  • The refinance rate on a 7/1 ARM is 3.922%. ⇓
  • The refinance rate on a 10/1 ARM is 4.165%. ⇓

Where are mortgage rates heading this year?

Mortgage rates sank through 2020. Millions of homeowners responded to low mortgage rates by refinancing existing loans and taking out new ones. Many people bought homes they may not have been able to afford if rates were higher. In January 2021, rates briefly dropped to the lowest levels on record, but trended slightly higher through the rest of the year.

Looking ahead, experts believe interest rates will rise more in 2022, but also modestly. Factors that could influence rates include continued economic improvement and more gains in the labor market. The Federal Reserve has also begun tapering its purchase of mortgage-backed securities and announced it anticipates raising the federal funds rate three times in 2022 to combat rising inflation.

While mortgage rates are likely to rise, experts say the increase won’t happen overnight and it won’t be a dramatic jump. Rates should stay near historically low levels through the first half of the year, rising slightly later in the year. Even with rising rates, it will still be a favorable time to finance a new home or refinance a mortgage.

Factors that influence mortgage rates include:

  • The Federal Reserve. The Fed took swift action when the pandemic hit the United States in March of 2020. The Fed announced plans to keep money moving through the economy by dropping the short-term Federal Fund interest rate to between 0% and 0.25%, which is as low as they go. The central bank also pledged to buy mortgage-backed securities and treasuries, propping up the housing finance market but began cutting back those purchases in November.
  • The 10-year Treasury note. Mortgage rates move in lockstep with the yields on the government’s 10-year Treasury note. Yields dropped below 1% for the first time in March 2020 and have been rising since then. On average, there is typically a 1.8 point “spread” between Treasury yields and benchmark mortgage rates.
  • The broader economy. Unemployment rates and changes in gross domestic product are important indicators of the overall health of the economy. When employment and GDP growth are low, it means the economy is weak, which can push interest rates down. Thanks to the pandemic, unemployment levels reached all-time highs early last year and have not yet recovered. GDP also took a hit, and while it has bounced back somewhat, there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Tips for getting the lowest mortgage rate possible

There is no universal mortgage rate that all borrowers receive. Qualifying for the lowest mortgage rates takes a little bit of work and will depend on both personal financial factors and market conditions.

Check your credit score and credit report. Errors or other red flags may be dragging your credit score down. Borrowers with the highest credit scores are the ones who will get the best rates, so checking your credit report before you start the house-hunting process is key. Taking steps to fix errors will help you raise your score. If you have high credit card balances, paying them down can also provide a quick boost.

Save up money for a sizeable down payment. This will lower your loan-to-value ratio, which means how much of the home’s price the lender has to finance. A lower LTV usually translates to a lower mortgage rate. Lenders also like to see money that has been saved in an account for at least 60 days. It tells the lender you have the money to finance the home purchase.

Shop around for the best rate. Don’t settle for the first interest rate that a lender offers you. Check with at least three different lenders to see who offers the lowest interest. Also consider different types of lenders, such as credit unions and online lenders in addition to traditional banks.

Also. take time to find out about different loan types. While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of mortgage, consider a shorter-term loan like a 15-year loan or an adjustable-rate mortgage. These types of loans often come with a lower rate than a conventional 30-year mortgage. Compare the costs of all to see which one best fits your needs and financial situation. Government loans — such as those backed by the Federal Housing Authority, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Agriculture — can be more affordable options for those who qualify.

Finally, lock in your rate. Locking your rate once you’ve found the right rate, loan product and lender will help guarantee your mortgage rate won’t increase before you close on the loan.

Our mortgage rate methodology

Money’s daily mortgage rates show the average rate offered by over 8,000 lenders across the United States the most recent business day rates are available for. Today, we are showing rates for Thursday, January 13, 2022. Our rates reflect what a typical borrower with a 700 credit score might expect to pay for a home loan right now. These rates were offered to people putting 20% down and include discount points.

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Alamos Gold: Haywood Lowers Target To $12.75 Following 2022 Guidance

Last week, Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX: AGI) reported its fourth quarter and full-year production results, as well as their 2022
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Last week, Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX: AGI) reported its fourth quarter and full-year production results, as well as their 2022 to 2024 production estimates.

For the fourth quarter, Alamos Gold produced 112,500 ounces of gold, bringing the full year 2021 production to 457,200 ounces, which was the lower range of guidance. Costs have not yet been finalized but the company says that it is expected to be consistent with their guidance.

The company also provided 2022 guidance, which included expected gold production of 440,000 to 480,000 ounces. Cash costs are expected to be between $875 to $925 per ounce and all-in sustaining costs are to be between $1,190 to $1,240 per ounce. Total capital expenditures will be between $305 and $345 million, while exploration is expected to cost $27 million for 2022.

For the longer run, the company expects these numbers to grow to 460,000 to 500,000 ounces of gold in 2024, with cash costs of $650 to $750 per ounce and $950 to $1,050 of all-in sustaining costs per ounce.

Currently Alamos Gold currently has 13 analysts covering the stock with an average 12-month price target of C$12.46, or a 36% upside to the current stock price. Out of the 13 analysts, 1 has a strong buy rating, 6 have buy ratings, 5 have holds and 1 analyst has a sell rating. The street high sits at C$17.50 or a 91% upside to the current stock. While the lowest price target sits at C$9.98.

In Haywood Capital Markets’ note, they reiterate their buy rating but lower their 12-month price target from C$15 to C$12.75, saying, “lower production and higher costs for 2022,” and that inflation is finally starting to impact the production costs.

For the fourth quarter and full-year production numbers, they came in line with Haywood’s estimates although they note that the full-year production numbers came in the lower half of guidance.

For the companies three-year guidance, Haywood expected 2022 production to be 485,000 ounces, below their high-end figure. While cash costs were expected to be $785 per ounce, lower than their guided number. This is the same for all-in sustaining costs as Haywood expected it to be $1,055 per ounce. Haywood says that this cost increase in 2022, “is due to industry-wide cost inflation as well as temporary higher costs at Mulatos.”

Below you can see Haywood’s estimates versus the company’s guidance.


Information for this briefing was found via Sedar and Refinitiv. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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S&P Suffers Worst Start To A Year Since 1939 As Yield Curve Yells ‘Recession’

S&P Suffers Worst Start To A Year Since 1939 As Yield Curve Yells ‘Recession’

Before we start, let’s make this clear right from the start…

S&P Suffers Worst Start To A Year Since 1939 As Yield Curve Yells ‘Recession’

Before we start, let’s make this clear right from the start – despite today’s panic-buying, this is the worst start to a year for the S&P 500 since 1939 (and on course for its worst January ever)…

Nasdaq is down 5 straight weeks (16% from its highs) – the longest losing streak since 2012 – while Small Caps are down 22% from their highs (in a bear market)

Source: Bloomberg

Everything was going so well too… “smooth sailing” they said! “Fed Put” they said! “Transitory inflation” they said…

Today was just a little bit turbo as it seems ugly sentiment data (10 year lows) and plunging growth expectations (Q1 GDP forecasts collapsed), was the ‘bad news’ the dip-buyers needed to reassure themselves that uber-hawkish Powell wouldn’t execte on his plan to crush inflation into a recessionary environment. We have one word for them – stagflation, and it leave Powell in an ugly box.

Atlanta Fed GDP expectations crashed to zero for Q1…

Source: Bloomberg

And as that happened, rate-hike expectations shifted dovishly lower (modestly at the time)…

Source: Bloomberg

Which helped send stocks soaring (particularly hyper-growth, long duration stocks). But that all came to an abrupt end at 1400ET today (for no obvious reason)… which was immediately met with a wall of dip-buyers amid the total lack of liquidity. Then all the majors just went vertical into the last 10 minutes as a significant buy-imbalance appeared (all helped by AAPL’s explosive gains today). Nasdaq was up a shocking 3% today (from down 1% pre-open). The S&P was up 2.5% today (from down 1% pre-open). Russell 2000 closed up almost 2% today from down 2% pre-open…

As one veteran trader noted, “today was a shitshow, no liquidity, gamma-driven gappy jumps everywhere… it was all algos and no average joes.”

Well that idiotic rampage managed to get the Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq unchanged on the week (which appears to be all that mattered to the machines)…

Just look at the volatility (but Monday’s puke lows held… and so did Wednesday’s pre-Fed highs).

Growth stocks were flat on the week as Value was bid (mostly benefitting on Thursday)…

Source: Bloomberg

Both Defensive and Cyclical stocks were hammered equally this week (while obviously cyclicals were more volatile)…

Source: Bloomberg

Today’s bounce was not really triggered by a short-squeeze as the size of the swing higher is very modest and unsustained…

Source: Bloomberg

The energy sector is the only one up in January while Tech and Consumer Discretionary are down hard MTD…

Source: Bloomberg

Real yields continue to rise (to their highest since June 2020 – but still negative), and have recoupled with gold…

Source: Bloomberg

…but have completely decoupled from stocks (Nasdaq should be significantly lower relative to Russell 2000)…

Source: Bloomberg

Notably, if real yields keep rising, then valuations are going to come under significant pressure…

Credit markets saw very little of the chaotic chop in stocks this week as they just fell with HYG (HY Corporate Bond ETF) at its lowest since Nov 2020…

Source: Bloomberg

Treasury yields were extremely mixed on the week with the short-end exploding higher and long-end actually coming all the way back to unchanged…

Source: Bloomberg

This week saw 2Y yields jump most since Oct 2019 (up for the 6th week in a row to the highest since Feb 2020).

Source: Bloomberg

The yield curve was crushed this week, triggered by The Fed’s hawkish tilt…

Source: Bloomberg

…with 7s10s at almost record flats, 20s30s still inverted, and 2s30s at its flattest since March 2020… all screaming The Fed is about to make a big mistake and hinting strongly at recessionary risks rising fast…

Source: Bloomberg

Short-term markets are now fully pricing in 5 rate-hikes by year-end (and a 25% chance of 50bps hike in March)

Source: Bloomberg

Perhaps even more notably, the forward OIS market is pricing in rate-cuts between 2024 and 2025…

Source: Bloomberg

The dollar soared higher for the 5th straight week (best week since June 2021), closing at its highest since July 2020. NOTE, the dollar took out the December USD spike highs and faded…

Source: Bloomberg

Cryptos had a nasty drop on Monday, along with stocks, and another puke after The Fed, but bitcoin ended the week modestly higher, while Ether was down around 5%…

Source: Bloomberg

Commodities were very mixed this week with most lower by hawkish tilts (Silver slammed 8% on the week) while crude rallied on geopolitical tensions…

Source: Bloomberg

Silver dropped back below $23…

WTI came very close to $89 intraday during the week, its highest since Oct 2014 (up for the 6th straight week in a row)…

NatGas went supersonic this week amid chaotic settlement and a new cold front, breaking above the early Jan highs (and up 19%, its best week since Aug 2020)…

Finally, just in case you think the market can handle all this vol, think again – liquidity in the most-liquid global equity futures contract (ES) is at its lowest since the COVID crash in 2020…

Simply put, a moderate-sized order moves ES 10 ticks so how do you think it’s going to handle all the fintwit/tiktokkers “paper hands” puking out of their Robinhood accounts?

The good news is that US COVID cases are following the same trajectories at UK and South Africa and tumbling…

Source: Bloomberg

Nevertheless, as we noted above, GDP in Q1 could well print contractionary.

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3 Stocks to Buy Now That Are Winning on Earnings

I’m always on the lookout for stocks to buy after earnings. And nothing beckons like a company’s share price gapping higher as investors cheer the…

I’m always on the lookout for stocks to buy after earnings. And nothing beckons like a company’s share price gapping higher as investors cheer the numbers.

Unfortunately, positive responses have been a rarity during this earnings season. The twin troubles of high inflation and a hawkish Fed have thrown a wet blanket on asset prices. And it’s overshadowing most of the reports getting released.

That said, there have been a few bright spots. Given the sea of red greeting stock watchers each session, they’ve been easy to find. Sort your watchlist by percentage change, and the big winners will rise to the top. I noticed three standouts that both delivered great numbers and saw their share prices respond positively.

  • Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
  • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
  • Visa (NYSE:V)

If you’re willing to ignore the messy indexes, these are three of the best stocks to buy.

Stocks to Buy: Apple (AAPL)

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The market was desperate for its leader to wow the crowd and bring buyers back in. Fortunately, Apple did just that by reporting its largest quarter of revenue ever. For the previous three months, the maker of all i-things saw its sales grow 11% year-over-year to $123.9 billion. That was good enough to boost earnings per share by 25% to $2.10.

The only product category that didn’t top analyst estimates was iPads. Buyers swarmed following the release, sending shares higher after hours Thursday. Importantly, AAPL stock has held onto the overnight gains in Friday’s session. The stock is testing its 50-day and 20-day moving averages and overhead resistance near $170. To fully turn the trend and give the green light to buyers, AAPL needs to break through them all.

Use that as the trigger for today’s idea.

The Trade: Buy the March $170/$180 bull call spread for around $4.

You’re risking $4 to make $6 if the stock tops $180 by expiration.

Microsoft (MSFT)

Microsoft (MSFT) stock chart with positive earnings response.Source: The thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade

As the second-largest company in the S&P 500 and one whose share price entered the earnings report 17.5% off the highs, Microsoft also needed to deliver. And it did. The software giant raked in $2.48 per share on $51.73 billion in revenue, topping analyst forecasts. As a result, MSFT stock leaped higher after hours, but the up gap on Wednesday was aggressively sold into.

Fortunately, shares have stabilized, and we’re now forming a sideways base. Much work remains, though. The falling 20-day moving average needs to be breached to signal a more significant turnaround is afoot. I suggest using that as the trigger for today’s trade idea.

You could go with another bull call like AAPL, but I’m going to mix it up to provide a higher probability alternative.

The Trade: Sell the March $275/$270 bull put spread for 90 cents.

Consider it a bet that MSFT stock stays above $275 for the next six weeks. If it does, you’ll capture the max gain of 90 cents. Conversely, the max loss is $4.10.

Stocks to Buy: Visa (V)

Visa (V) stock chart with power earnings gapSource: The thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade

The final idea for today’s stocks to buy is Visa. Shares of the financial company are surging after reporting rosy numbers. Its quarterly revenue surpassed $7 billion for the first time, helping Visa capture $1.83 per share. Both metrics topped analyst estimates. With V stock submerged beneath all moving averages, it entered Thursday’s event in desperate need of a boost.

Now, with Friday’s pop, we’re nearly above them all. And there’s also an unfilled gap overhead that could quickly suck prices higher.

The Trade: Buy the March $230/$240 bull call spread for $3.50.

You’re risking $3.50 to make $6.50 if Visa rises beyond $240.

On the date of publication, Tyler Craig did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

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