Recognizing the growing influence of mortgage insurance companies, two Wall Street analysts have announced plans to keep regular tabs on this category.

Jonathan E. Gray of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. and David Hochstim of Bear, Stearns & Co., both in New York, began their coverage last month by issuing positive ratings on some companies. Mr. Gray rated CMAC Investment Corp. and PMI Group Inc. "outperform," and Mr. Hochstim rated MGIC Investment Corp. and CMAC "attractive."

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