As we approach the halfway point for 2012, now's a good time to look back at what's happening with the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at Radian Group
Radian Group Stats:
|2012 YTD Return||25.3%|
|Market Cap||$389 million|
|Total Revenue, Most Recent Quarter||$165.2 million|
|Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth, Most Recent Quarter||(72.7%)|
|Net Loss, Most Recent Quarter||($169.2 million)|
Source: S&P Capital IQ.
What's happened with Radian Group in 2012?
Radian's stock performance may look promising, but the stock has taken investors on a huge roller coaster ride. Shares rose above $4.50 as recently as late March, only to give back all their gains for the year by mid-May. Since then, shares have bounced off their lows.
Radian's experience isn't unusual among companies in the financial insurance industry. MBIA
As you'd expect, the news has been mixed. Early in the year, it appeared that the housing market was starting to rebound, supporting the insurers. But defaults by municipal governments in Stockton, Calif., and Harrisburg, Pa., raised concerns that a slew of additional muni-bond defaults might ensue, throwing the entire industry for a loop. In particular, Radian's relatively weak credit rating compared to Assured Guaranty and MBIA singled it out for extreme share-price volatility.
More recently, conditions have improved in the mortgage area. In April, Radian, MGIC, and Genworth Financial
One of Radian's largest shareholders isn't waiting for a rebound. Major investor Clinton Group has argued that the company should seek a bidder and said it knew of at least one potential buyer. So far, that speculation hasn't led to a firm offer, but the rebound in Radian shares indicates how hopeful investors are that such a buyout bid occurs.
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