Durable Goods Orders
April's Durable Goods Orders report will close out the week’s calendar at 8:30 AM ET Friday. This data gives us an indication of manufacturing sector strength by tracking orders at U.S. factories for big-ticket products. These are items made with an expected life span of three or more years such as airplanes, appliances and electronics. It is currently expected to show a decline in new orders of approximately 2.0%, hinting that the manufacturing sector weakened last month. That would be relatively good news for the bond market and mortgage rates, but this data is known to be quite volatile. Therefore, a small variance from forecasts will likely have little impact on Friday's mortgage rates. The larger the decline, the better the news it is for mortgage rates.