MGIC Investment Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What:MGIC Investment (NYS: MTG) dropped 20% in intraday trading after competitor PMI Group (NYS: PMI) indicated it may shut down.

So what: PMI Group reported EPS of -$0.83, an improvement from -$1.11 in the year-ago quarter. The net loss amounted to $151 million. The improvement was driven by a $151 million gain on the sale of a discontinued operation and a $123 million improvement in the fair value of certain company debt.

Now what: Your Foolish servant tried to warn investors that monoline private mortgage insurers MGIC Investment, PMI Group, and Radian Group (NYS: RDN) could be heading to good-for-nothing-but-a-tax-write-off status, i.e., zero. PMI Group stated it expects the number of states in which it is precluded from writing new business to "significantly increase" and it plans to meet with regulators to discuss "various capital initiatives the company is pursuing." In plain English, the company needs money to fund ongoing losses -- but it's running out.


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