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John Paulson. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

(Reuters) – As more Americans buy homes, the handful of private insurers that cover their mortgages are attracting heavyweight investors keen to profit from the nascent housing market recovery.

With billionaire John Paulson snapping up their shares, Radian Group Inc and MGIC Investment Corp are at the forefront of a recovery that is wiping out losses sustained when the housing bubble burst five years ago.

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