Stocks of mortgage companies surged again last week on word that Margaretten Financial Corp. was being acquired by Chemical Banking Corp. Takeover speculation has lent buoyancy to the group in recent weeks.

Margaretten-scored one of the biggest percentage gains of the week on the New York Stock Exchange, climbing $3.625, or 17.3%, to $24.625. Chemical announced Monday that it would offer $25 a share for the Perth Amboy, N.J., company's 13.2 million outstanding shares.

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