A Sturdy Roof over Household's Head

Even as the economy slows, middle-market lender Household International says it can keep going strong -- and Wall Street agrees

When the economy looks iffy, investors tend to search out well-managed companies with strong franchises in nitty-gritty markets. Small wonder, then, that the specialty finance company Household International (HI ) is looking good to many value investors right now. The company's shares have risen by nearly 45%, to around $64, since December.

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