Given the increased focus on lending to people with low and moderate incomes, stocks of private mortgage insurance companies may be getting more attention.

CMAC Mortgage is a case in point. Shares of the Philadelphia-based company surged 10% last week, closing Friday at $27.375, up $2.50. MGIC Investments, the Milwaukee-based mortgage insurer, also enjoyed a rise last week, ending at $31.125, up 37.5 cents.

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