With the refinance boom coming to an end and new mortgage regulations taking effect, the industry faces higher costs and margin compression. By acquiring Lender Processing Services for $2.9 billion in January, Fidelity National has made a bet it can capitalize on growing demand for technologies that will help lenders stay competitive.

The challenge will be doing so without getting stung itself by the industry's regulatory and volume problems.

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