Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization
Also posted this morning was November's Industrial Production report. It showed that output at U.S. factories, mines and utilities rose 0.6%, exceeding forecasts of a 0.3% increase. The larger than expected increase indicates parts of the manufacturing sector were stronger than many had thought last month. Because bonds tend to thrive during weaker economic conditions, this was unfavorable news for mortgage rates. Fortunately, it is only a moderately important release, preventing a noticeable impact on this morning’s rates.