Radian Group Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of private mortgage insurer Radian Group (NYSE: RDN  ) shed more than 10% in intraday trading, as investors reacted to earnings from competitor PMI Group (NYSE: PMI  ) .

So What: PMI Group's earnings clearly disappointed investors, sending its shares tumbling nearly 20%. Radian Group is set to report its earnings early next week, and investors may be taking PMI's lackluster report as a sign that Radian's results may disappoint as well.

Now What: Fellow private mortgage insurer MGIC Investment (NYSE: MTG  ) also fell on the news, which was a bit strange, considering that MGIC already reported earnings that came in above expectations. These mortgage insurers are all in pretty bad shape, but those investors still sniffing around Radian might be well advised to wait to freak out until it actually reports its own earnings.

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  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 9:06 AM, sentinelbrit wrote:

    The news on mortgage insurers has not been great and it got a lot worse this morning with the news AMBAC may file for bankruptcy. This will weigh on the sector. Radian was able to raise capital earlier this year and will release 3Qtr earnings tomorrow (11/2/10). I don't expect the news to be good but given the recent fall in its share price, the bad news may be factored in. I think Radian will survive.

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