Despite the intensifying battering of the broader stock markets over the past week, mortgage stocks have held up well, falling from their recent peaks but remaining well above their 12-month lows.

Over the last year, while the Nasdaq swooned and the Dow and S&P receded and then stalled, mortgage-related stocks soared. In fact, shares of West Coast thrifts such as Washington Mutual, Golden West Financial, and Golden State Bancorp gained more than 100%.

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