Market Recap – Mortgage Rates, MBS & The Unemployment Rate An improving US economic outlook and increased optimism about Europe were unfavorable influences on mortgage rates this week. Fed purchases of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) under QE3 helped offset the losses, though. As a result, after several weeks of declines, mortgage rates ended the week just slightly higher. Friday’s Employment report was the big news this week. Against a consensus forecast of 120K,

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