"We believe those private mortgage insurers (PMIs) that are able to avoid getting swamped by their legacy insurance portfolios should be extremely well positioned to take market share and grow going forward," BTIG's Palmer wrote in his report Monday.

While shares of Genworth and MGIC did not fall nearly as much as those of Radian on Monday, it seems plausible that many of the sellers didn't read the Barron's article carefully--if at all--and were unaware of the analyst reports. If so, that carelessness may provide a small opportunity for investors looking to rise the private mortgage insurer sector to recovery.

-- Written by Dan Freed in New York.

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