Mortgage ratesmoved higherfor the second straight day amid a general lack of actionable information. Some investors noted that the results of the elections in the U.K. were surprising, but not in a way that was any help to interest rates. In general, rates found most of their motivation from the absence of significant drama in this week's Comey hearing. Despite the modest increase, conventional 30yr fixed rates are still very close to their best levels of the year. An exceptionally busy calendar in the coming week could also be causing some anxiety for market participants (the traders whose decisions affect rates on a day-to-day basis). In addition to several important economic reports, we'll also hear from the Fed on Wednesday. The Fed is almost certain to hike rates at this meeting, but investors are more interested in any changes to the Fed's verbiage and forward rate-hike forecasts.
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