|By Marketwire .||
|November 2, 2012 08:20 AM EDT||
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/02/12 -- Mortgage insurers have experienced a resurgence in 2012 as the U.S. housing market has continued its steady recovery. Recent data from the Commerce Department has shown that home sales in the U.S. are at its fastest annual pace in over two years. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Property & Casualty Insurance Industry and provides equity research on Genworth Financial Inc. (NYSE: GNW) and Old Republic International Corp. (NYSE: ORI).
"All the things that were really holding back housing are finally starting to lift," said Guy Berger, a U.S. economist at RBS Securities Inc. "It really is tough to find any bad signs here. Inventories are very, very lean. Assuming the economy remains on track, housing should continue to improve for the rest of the year and into 2013."
Mortgage guarantors have also received a lift from a preliminary deal between MGIC Investment and Freddie Mac resolving a coverage dispute, which would have prevented the insurer from backing some loans. As was the case with MGIC, soured home loans have caused some insurers to breach the 25-to-1 ratio of risk relative to capital preventing them from selling new coverage.
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Genworth Financial provides insurance, wealth management, investment and financial solutions. As of December 31, 2011, it had more than 15 million customers, with a presence in more than 25 countries. For the third quarter of 2012 the company reported a net income of $34 million, compared with a net loss of $16 million in the third quarter of 2011. The company stated that they are considering selling their international-protection unit within the next two to three years.
Old Republic currently offers investors an annual dividend of $0.71 per share for a yield of roughly 7.2 percent. The company reported a net loss of $14.8 million in the third quarter of 2012, a significant improvement form the net loss of $116.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The narrowed loss was a result of a stronger mortgage-insurance unit, which reported fewer delinquencies.
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