Mortgage rates held steady Wednesday following the release of stronger than expected economic data. February Retail Sales rose 1.1%, far above forecast. Some economists had expected the increased payroll tax and higher gas prices to slow sales activity, but today’s data contradicted that view. Import Prices increased 1.1% in February, but were lower than one year ago. Stocks were little changed. Results from today’s 10-year Treasury auction will be released at 1:00 PM.