Shares of Money Store, United Companies, and Contifinancial Corp. have recovered after a free fall in the subprime lending sector this year, to prices about 80% of their all-time highs.

While other lenders to people with imperfect credit have continued to languish on the stock market, some analysts say these mortgage companies- which have not reported credit-quality problems-have become targets for banks and thrifts hoping to build their presence in the subprime market.

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