Bankrate Battles Mortgage Gloom

With two new acquisitions and surprisingly optimistic predictions, Bankrate tries to dispel worries about its connections to the tough mortgage market

Many investors have shunned Bankrate (RATE) lately for its close associations with the beleagured mortgage industry. On Dec. 10, Bankrate execs fought back. First, the company said its online business is on track for another year of rapid growth, despite big losses for its financial sector advertisers and a slowdown in the housing market. Second, Bankrate announced two acquisitions that will broaden its business further beyond mortgages, into credit cards and saving for college.

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