added more than 10% Friday on optimism about the mortgage lender's ability to weather the end of the refinancing boom and speculation the company could be a takeover target.
Shares of the Calabasas, Calif., mortgage lender started moving higher after Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo told a television interviewer that Countrywide expects to earn more than $15 a share in 2003, up from a previous estimate of $13 to $15 a share and above the Thomson First Call consensus of $14 a share.
After closing Thursday at $85.75, the
-traded shares touched $90 by 11 a.m. EDT. Countrywide later repeated the guidance in a press release at around 1:30 p.m., sending the shares to $95, up $9.25, or 10.8%, from Thursday.
Other catalysts included a ratings initiation at
at outperform and a resurfacing of unconfirmed market speculation that the company could be a takeover target for the likes of
A company spokeswoman didn't return a call.