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What: Shares of mortgage insurer Genworth Financial
So what: News flash: The housing and financial meltdown is still doling out hefty helpings of pain. If you have trouble believing that, look no further than Genworth's expected second-quarter results. For the quarter, the company expects to report a loss of $92 million to $112 million, or $0.19 to $0.23 per share. The loss was driven by a $300 million reserves build in the company's U.S. mortgage insurance unit as the company saw "worsening trends" in the U.S. housing market.
Now what: If misery loves company, then it should really love the mortgage-insurance space today. Though the rest of the market was up, the news from Genworth helped drag down fellow insurers MGIC Investment
It seems the only cure for this ugliness may be time and the digestion of the sins committed during the housing bubble. As such, the key for Genworth and its fellow mortgage insurers will be keeping capital levels in safe-enough ranges that they don't run into regulatory problems.
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