Rates held steady Thursday despite the release of stronger than expected economic data. Weekly Jobless Claims fell to 298,000, slightly below expectations. Existing Home Sales rose 2.4% to 5.14 million annual units, easily beating forecast. Leading Indicators increased 0.9%, above the consensus of 0.7%. The Philly Fed Index, a survey of manufacturers in the Philadelphia region, jumped to 28.0. A reading of 20.0 had been expected. Stocks moved higher. No other key data will be released today.