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News Summary: Rate on 30-year mortgage: 3.55 pct.

The Associated Press

30-YEAR LOAN RATE STEADY: The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage held steady this week and remained slightly above the lowest level on record.

THE NUMBERS: The rate on the 30-year loan stayed at 3.55 percent, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said. That's above the record low 3.49 percent reached in late July. The rate on the 15-year mortgage slipped to 2.85 percent from 2.86 percent last week.

OUTLOOK: Low mortgage rates have aided a modest housing recovery this year. Home sales are well above last year's levels and home prices are increasing more consistently.