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Stewart Information Services Corp. on Thursday reported third-quarter profits increased to $31.8 million, or $1.74 per diluted share, due to continued low interest rates, which have boosted residential and commercial closings. Third-quarter revenues also increased to $639.4 million, up from $529.7 million a year ago. Total revenues for the first nine months of 2005 were $1.8 billion, up 15 percent from the same period a year ago. Earnings for the first nine months totaled $79.7 million, or $4.37 per diluted share, versus $62.2 million, or $3.42 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2004. Title orders in the third quarter of 2005 were 16 percent greater than the same quarter a year ago. Orders in the month of September were 12 percent greater than the same month last year, ...