Industry observers and regulators have taken note of Wells Fargo's dominance among the titans of the mortgage market.

With more than a third of mortgage originations in the first quarter of 2012 and a strategy targeting 40% down the road, the company has benefitted from solid if not always stellar execution in mortgage production and servicing as well as from the stumbles of key competitors, leaving Wells Fargo well out in front of the pack. In the wake of the JPMorgan trading loss, senior Wells Fargo executives have been touting the virtues of the bank's mortgage business, including a little-understood but highly volatile segment, namely mortgage servicing rights. 

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