PHH had the largest percentage gain among MIEC stocks, up almost 3%. This was the first full trading day after news broke that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is going after PHH alleging it engaged in a kickback scheme involving referrals to mortgage insurance companies.
KB Home was up 2.4%, while MGIC Investment Corp. closed almost 2% higher.
Home Loan Servicing Solutions spent much of the day trading above its Wednesday closing price, before ending the session down $0.07 per share. OceanFirst Financial lost $0.04 per share.
Astoria Financial, which reported 4Q13 results after the market closed on Wednesday, ended the session 1.7% higher.