Stock performance improved in February for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but Sallie Mae, after rallying early in the month, ended February at $36.88, a half-point below where it started the month.

While Fannie Mae outperformed the market and Freddie Mac nearly matched the market's 3.9% rise during the month, the government-sponsored enterprises underperformed a large number of financial stocks that rallied as interest rates declined.

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