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  • a1investor a1investor Feb 25, 1998 12:40 AM Flag


    I look at it this way. ITIC largely insures residential titles. New business, and hence, growth, is fueled by home sales. This is in turn driven by low interest rates. My guess is that they'll continue to do well until late summer when the housing market typically dies down, and the interest rate cycle starts to kick rates back up again. That might get this stock up to $35 to $40 max. It's not a technology stock (thank god).

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    • I use a computer search tool to find companies with very consistently rising earnings.

      After finding 10 or 15 companies of this sort I evaluate them by hand. ITIC is the only insurance company on the list. There are quite a few banks, some manuafacturers, a restaurant, an oil services company etc. It seemed to me that ITIC, being financial, was more similar to banks than the other companies. Two of the bank stocks had EPS growth almost identical to ITIC and similar P/E so I bought those too.

      I expect the previously existing trend of rising stock price with all three to continue at exactly the same rate for at least another year. I have no idea whether my analysis actually "works". So I buy the stocks and see what happens. Time will tell.

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