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    U.S. Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall in Latest Week

    DJ Business News – 10:45 AM ET 04/17/2014

    Average fixed mortgage rates in the U.S. fell for the second week in a row, according to mortgage-finance company Freddie Mac (FMCC), potentially increasing the affordability of buying a home as the key season for the housing market gets under way. A series of data have been suggesting the key season for the housing market has been getting off to a slow start this year, including a February drop in pending home sales, a measure of early spring activity. Rising home prices and borrowing costs...

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    30-year-mortgage rate falls to 4.27%

    MarketWatch – 10:00 AM ET 04/17/2014

    WASHINGTON-- The average rate for a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.27% in the week that ended April 17 from 4.34% in the prior week, according to a Thursday report from federally controlled mortgage-buyer Freddie Mac (FMCC). A year ago, the 30- year rate was at 3.41%. The average rate for the 15- year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.33% in the latest week from 3.38% in the prior week.

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    Bank of America loss isn't just a mortgage story

    MarketWatch – 3:39 PM ET 04/16/2014

    Bank of America Corp. (BAC) today reported more mediocre results, with a first-quarter net loss springing from another major mortgage-related settlement. But there are two silver linings. The bank's shares slumped over 3% on the net loss of $276 million, or 5 cents a share, compared with earnings of $3.4 billion, or 29 cents, in the fourth quarter, and $1.5 billion, or 10 cents, a year earlier.

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    Bank of America Settles With Monoline Insurer FGIC Over Second-Lien Mortgage Securities

    DJ Business News – 8:00 AM ET 04/16/2014

    Bank of America Corp. (BAC) said Wednesday that it settled mortgage-backed securities claims with the monoline insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., or FGIC. The bank said it had settled seven of the nine trust settlements and expected to pay a total of about $950 million. The bank also said that the expenses were covered by legal reserves.

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    BULLET: US PIPELINE: A modest list of new investment-grade...

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 10:00 AM ET 04/15/2014

    US PIPELINE: A modest list of new investment-grade corporate debt offerings in play thus far today on the calendar. And Freddie Mac (FMCC) passed today on its Reference Note issuance. Visit the US$ Credit Supply Pipeline for a full list of deals. - $TBD Wal-Mart Stores (Aa2/AA) 3Y T+27.5 +/-2.5 area? C/GS/JPM $TBD Wal-Mart Stores (Aa2/AA) 10Y T+85 area? C/GS/JPM $TBD Wal-Mart Stores (Aa2/AA) 30Y T+95-99 area? C/GS/JPM May be around $2Bn total $500M Plains All American Pipeline (PAA) (Baa2/BBB) 30Y T+140 area? C/STRH/UBS/WFS and PAA Finance Corp. $350M BioMed Realty (BMR) (Baa3/BBB) 5Y T+137.5 area? DB/WFS

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    BULLET: US AGENCIES: Freddie Mac is scheduled to announce....

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 8:20 AM ET 04/15/2014

    US AGENCIES: Freddie Mac (FMCC) is scheduled to announce its Reference Note issuance decision later this morning. The agency last priced $1Bn of reopened 0.875% Reference Notes due Feb 2017 at a price to yield 0.724%. Those notes were last bid at T-1.5 bps, per one broker screen. Freddie Mac (FMCC) is also scheduled to announce its Reference Note decision Apr 23, and the agency is likely to issue on one of those slots, sources said. Citigroup (C) analyst Robert Rowe pointed out that net agencies issuance for 2014 remained steady at -$117 billion. "YTD there has been +$20 billion of net issuance in supras and non-US agencies, and -$7 billion in USD covered bonds," he added.

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    BULLET: US AGENCIES: Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding.......

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 8:18 AM ET 04/14/2014

    US AGENCIES: Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corp Friday priced $1Bn of 3-yr floating-rate Designated Bonds at 1 month LIBOR+ 5 bps. The issue was lead managed by HSBC (HSBC), J.P. Morgan Securities and Merrill Lynch. Freddie Mac (FMCC) is scheduled to announce its Reference Note issuance decision Tues. The agency last priced $1Bn of reopened 0.875% Reference Notes due Feb 22, 2017 at a price to yield 0.724%. Those notes were last bid at T-1.5 bps, per one broker screen.

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    BULLET: US MBS: NY Fed bought $310mm (par) Freddie Mac 4.....

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 9:47 AM ET 04/11/2014

    US MBS: NY Fed bought $310mm (par) Freddie Mac (FMCC) 4 for May delivery today using its FedTrade system. $4.93B in offers were submitted. In Wed's operation, it bought $312mm FN 4s vs $4.2B offered in.

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    BULLET: US MBS: NY Fed announced will buy up to $350mm.......

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 9:01 AM ET 04/11/2014

    US MBS: NY Fed announced will buy up to $350mm Freddie Mac (FMCC) 4 for May delivery today using its FedTrade system. Closes at 9:45am and results shortly thereafter.

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    U.S. budget deficit narrows sharply in March

    MarketWatch – 4:19 PM ET 04/10/2014

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. budget deficit narrowed sharply in March, the Treasury Department reported Thursday, as tax receipts climbed and government spending fell broadly. The government's shortfall was $37 billion, down 65% compared to the March 2013 deficit of $107 billion. In March, the government's receipts of individual and corporate taxes were both higher.

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    30-year-mortgage rate falls to 4.34%

    MarketWatch – 10:00 AM ET 04/10/2014

    WASHINGTON-- The average rate for a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.34% in the week that ended April 10 from 4.41% in the prior week, according to a Thursday report from federally controlled mortgage-buyer Freddie Mac (FMCC). A year ago, the 30- year rate was at 3.43%. "Mortgage rates eased a bit following the decline in 10- year Treasury yields," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie's chief economist.

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    BULLET: US MBS: In NY Fed debut operation over FedTrade......

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 9:48 AM ET 04/09/2014

    US MBS: In NY Fed debut operation over FedTrade this morning, NY Fed bought $312 mln (par value) 30Y Fannie Mae (FNMA) 4s for May settle versus $4,208 mln (par) submitted. It had already said it would only buy as much as $350 mln in this operation. The next operation will take place on Fri at 9:00am and it will be for Freddie Mac (FMCC) 30Y 4s for May settle. That operation will also be capped at $350 mln. The Fed is in the process of gradually moving to a system of buying its daily dose of MBS (QE3+reinvestments) from the Street via FedTrade as opposed to Tradeweb. For this week, NY Fed has said it will buy a maximum of $700 mln via FedTrade and about $9.2 bln via Tradeweb.

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    Bank stock winners and losers for 2014

    MarketWatch – 6:31 AM ET 04/09/2014

    U.S. banks may be nickeling-and-diming their customers, but they've been enriching their investors. The industry's recovery from near-bankruptcy in late 2008 and early 2009 has been extraordinary. In recent years, the 24- member KBW Bank Index rose 30% during 2012, as Bank of America Corp. (BAC) led the way, more than doubling.

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    BULLET: US DATA: Commercial and multifamily mortgage.........

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 10:09 AM ET 04/08/2014

    US DATA: Commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers closed $358.5 billion of loans in 2013 according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) 2013 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Annual Origination Volume Summation. Commercial bank and savings institutions were the leading investor group for whom loans were originated in 2013, responsible for $100.5 billion of the total. CMBS issuers saw the second highest volume, $79.8 billion, and were followed by life insurance companies and pension funds; Fannie Mae (FNMA); REITS, mortgage REITS and investment funds; and Freddie Mac.

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    Clear Capital Selected by Freddie Mac as Technology Provider for Appraisal Data Validation in Uniform Collateral Data Portal

    GlobeNewswire – 8:00 AM ET 04/07/2014

    Clear Capital®, has been selected by Freddie Mac (FMCC) to power its collateral review of appraisals submitted through the Uniform Collateral Data Portal® and to provide the company with in-depth feedback regarding the quality and accuracy of the appraisals. Clear Capital will integrate a customized version of its valuation review product, ClearQC® with the UCDP.

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    30-year-mortgage rate rises to 4.41%

    MarketWatch – 10:00 AM ET 04/03/2014

    WASHINGTON-- The average rate for a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage ticked up to 4.41% in the week that ended April 3 from 4.40% in the prior week, according to a Thursday report from federally controlled mortgage-buyer Freddie Mac (FMCC). A year ago, the 30- year rate was at 3.54%. The average rate for the 15- year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.47% in the latest week from 3.42% in the prior week.

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    BULLET: US MBS: The issue of Liquid Coverage Ratios (LCR)....

    Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets – 10:58 AM ET 04/01/2014

    US MBS: The issue of Liquid Coverage Ratios (LCR) remains a key uncertainty in the agency MBS market and the agency MBS strategy team at RBS said it has been keeping many clients sidelined. There was a flurry of activity at the beginning of the year and there could be another burst of activity in July or August when the final rules come out, RBS said in a report. RBS there might be some changes in the treatment of Fannie Mae (FNMA) or Freddie Mac (FMCC) -- like lower haircuts or higher caps -- but they will not get the same treatment as Ginnie Mae. RBS says markup of the Johnson-Crapo bill in the Senate Banking Committee is now scheduled for April 29th later than the April 9-10 expected. "This bill will continue to generate a lot of noise, but we do not think that it will be enacted as law. RBS says.

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    Bill Ackman ups investment in Fannie, Freddie

    MarketWatch – 10:34 AM ET 03/31/2014

    NEW YORK-- Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman increased his investment in Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) on Monday. Ackman's firm Pershing Square Capital Management LP now holds a 9.98% stake in Fannie Mae (FNMA) and a 9.77% stake in Freddie Mac (FMCC), making the activist investor the top holder in the two government-backed mortgage finance firms. The boost in this investment was first reported by CNBC.

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    BofA Exorcises Another Mortgage Ghost

    MarketWatch – 5:33 PM ET 03/27/2014

    Bank of America' s game of legal Whac-A-Mole isn't over yet. Fortunately for investors, there are fewer of the critters to worry about. Bank of America (BAC) said Wednesday it would pay $9.3 billion to settle claims it sold faulty mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac.

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    30-year-mortgage rate rises to 4.40%

    MarketWatch – 10:00 AM ET 03/27/2014

    WASHINGTON-- The average rate for a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.40% in the week that ended March 27 from 4.32% in the prior week, according to a Thursday report from federally controlled mortgage buyer Freddie Mac (FMCC). A year ago, the 30- year rate was at 3.57%. The average rate for the 15- year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.42% in the latest week from 3.32% in the prior week.

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