“As Congress turns up the heat on companies like Facebook, they’re facing added pressure,” says Full Measure’s YouTube page. “Nearly every state has now joined an anti-trust investigation that could threaten the way the tech giants do business. Lisa Fletcher talks with the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Karl Racine.” While the interview with AG Racine will be tonight’s video, other antitrust and legally connected issues – including lobbying and maneuvers by giant Berkshire Hathaway – will be included in our market focus this evening. On a mixed day that led to another record high on the Dow, let’s dive into our left-right headline recap, before pressing onto the headline feature tonight.
Regular readers please note there are a few tweaks to some of the standard portions of our evening market/investing report. Read carefully as some changes of the ‘standard text’ that follows before our left-right headlines and also in other features near the end of tonight’s reports.
Every evening our headlines that follow provide snapshots from two major media outlets on each side of the left-right news spectrum that reflect topics that influence or move investor sentiment. In moments on this business evening report, you can get ‘insights-at-a-glance.’
This report also sets the broader context for manufactured housing markets, in keeping with our mantra, “News through the lens of manufactured homes and factory-built housing” ©.
We begin with headlines left-of-center CNN followed by right-of-center Fox Business. We share closing tickers and other related data courtesy of Yahoo Finance, and more. 5 to 10 minutes reading this MHProNews market report every business night could save you 30 minutes to an hour of similar reading or fact-gathering elsewhere.
Perhaps more important, you will get insights about the industry from experts that care, but also dare to challenge the routine narrative that arguably keeps manufactured housing underperforming during an affordable housing crisis.
Newsy, Peeling Back Media Bias, Manufactured Housing Sales, Investing, Politics, and You
Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business.
- Boeing stock soars – The company still thinks it can fly the 737 Max again before the end of this year
- Southwest Airlines flew jets without full knowledge of their repair histories
- Walgreens could leave the Dow. What should replace it?
- T-Mobile CEO John Legere in talks to take over top job at WeWork
- Instagram is about to hide likes for some US users. Here’s what to expect
- Disney bets it all on Disney+
- The one stock you want to own through an Elizabeth Warren presidency
- SpaceX launches 60 more internet satellites
- Singles Day is bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined
- Ex-Volvo CEO: I never got a golden parachute. Other CEOs shouldn’t either
- White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has yet to hold a briefing with reporters, but finds time for Fox News
- How to ask for a raise: 5 tips for negotiating a higher salary
- Startup raises $51 million to take on retirement industry
- Walgreens may get scooped up in the largest private equity takeover in history, report says
- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says Apple Card discriminated against his wife
- Pick the best streaming service for you, from Disney+ to Netflix
- When CEOs date employees, it can get messy fast
- Companies run by billionaires are better for investors
- Bad time to be a CEO: 170 top executives left last month
- How Michael Bloomberg became the richest man in media
- Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg won’t get most of his 2019 pay
- SpaceX launches 60 more satellites
- US Air Force’s mysterious space plane lands after record 780 days in orbit
- Elon Musk teases photos of Mars rocket prototype
- Boeing’s Starliner capsule launches key test before first astronaut flight
- Virgin Galactic had an anticlimactic first week on the stock market. Here’s why
Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business.
- 2020 CAMPAIGN – Mark Cuban is latest billionaire to jab this Elizabeth Warren proposal
- A number of wealthy individuals have questioned Warren’s proposals in recent weeks.
- Warren differs from Sanders on whether billionaires should exist
- SEE PICS: Tesla rolls out its first cars in this country, eyes world’s biggest auto market
- Electric truck to be unwrapped by Christmas
- Legendary hockey analyst fired over ‘hurtful’ on-air comments
- Apple TV+ makes big change just days after launch
- Veteran: This is the great unanswered question of my military generation
- Flights return to Miami airport with mechanical issues
- Trump may delay EU car tariffs
- Boeing helps Dow close at record high
- This major airline reportedly flying planes nobody can verify are safe
- Waiter on the hook for $30,000 after country club lunch goes horribly wrong
- Socialist pol overcomes Amazon’s dollar dump, appears set to win election
- Varney: Democrats face a split in their party — and the chasm is widening
- Why millions of Americans are skipping their winter vacation
- Jeff Bezos may buy an NFL team, and this one looks perfect
- UPS partnership allows customers to ensure quality of food shipments
- Teachers in this state capital planning to go on strike
- What you’ll be able to watch with Disney Plus subscription
- Why employers are becoming landlords
- Trump becomes first sitting president to do this on Veterans Day
- Subway takes bold step to stop rapid wave of store closings
- Businesswoman trapped in Kuwait sentenced to prison for embezzlement
- Marine offering free boxing lessons to inner-city residents
- US nuclear reactor shut down after officials discover leak
- NYC’s mayor reportedly doesn’t do mornings
- Young Americans alarm experts, say they don’t need college to succeed
- Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick makes massive stock market move
- This Navy veteran’s advice for those transitioning into civilian life
- Walgreens approached by KKR for record buyout deal: Report
- Green Beret turns battlefield coffee into an $80M business
- SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket with 60 satellites on board
- Veteran’s junk removal business is using trash to create civilian jobs
- Veterans Day restaurants where service members can eat for free
- 25,000 University of California workers to strike Wednesday
- Uber CEO faces boycott over calling Khashoggi murder a mistake
- How Alibaba rakes in tens of billions on a joke holiday ever year
- 10 military veterans who became CEOs of Fortune 500 companies
- Kaiser Permanente CEO’s death postpones strike by 4,000 medical professionals
- American Airlines plane slides off runway in Chicago
- Average US price of gas remains steady
- 25K pounds of pizza toppings recalled over possible Listeria contamination
- Regis Philbin lists his Connecticut mansion at a significant loss
- Break up ICE? ‘Be prepared to reap the whirlwind,’ director of citizenship, immigration says
- Boeing wants to deliver 737 Max before pilot training is approved: Report
- Neglected dams threaten thousands of Americans with disastrous flooding
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Featured Focus – Where Business, Politics, and Investing Meet
MHProNews has made the point before that the tech giants directly impact manufactured housing in a variety of ways.
While relevant and important to MHVille, that isn’t the focus this evening.
What is grabbing the headlines is the ‘sexy’ topic of antitrust law as it relates to the tech giants, often called the FANG or FAANG companies.
But what’s getting less national attention, save here on MHProNews and MHLivingNews, are subjects that shed light on federal investigations – including reported antitrust and other probes by federal agencies – of operations connected with Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway.
The Seattle Times has made the argument that Clayton’s apparent racial bias is in part a reflection of their monopolistic power over the manufactured housing market. That newspaper suggested that their brazen behavior is that of a firm that believes it can get away with boorish, racist, and other legally problematic behavior.
When your own hometown news station is spotlighting the stories, it must be a bit awkward, as well as revealing.
Last Friday, Reuters and right-of-center One America Network reported that “Makan Delrahim spoke at an antitrust conference at Harvard Law School hosted by the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which counts companies like Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google as members.”
Pay close attention to how his statement was phrased.
“Some have suggested changing the antitrust laws, creating new agencies or even regulating the conduct of some firms … it bears repeating that our existent framework is flexible enough to detect harm in any industry and emerging ones,” Delrahim – who is the Trump Administration’s top cop for the DOJ antitrust division – said.
OAN said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come under pressure from lawmakers, who have accused them of wasting time discussing who would investigate which tech company, during a broad investigation into firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. The FANGs have been spending record amounts lobbying, hoping for regulations vs. antitrust breakup.
That turf debate, which MHProNews has previously highlighted, is another reason why moves by state attorneys general are of no less interest or importance is following this evolving trend.
Lobbying by tech giants and/or conglomerates like Berkshire Hathaway should not be construed as always being connected to antitrust action. That said, when lawmakers are asked for help on one topic from a company that has made campaign contributions or has otherwise spent money lobbying, it is no surprise when they may go back to those same lawmakers on a subject like antitrust.
A non-MHARR source that monitors Berkshire has told MHProNews that they have shuffled the deck for their antitrust legal efforts. There are indicators that such is the case, but it must also be kept in mind that Berkshire faces scrutiny beyond just Clayton Homes and their affiliated lenders, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance (VMF) and 21st Mortgage Corporation.
It is also worth mentioning that legal and investigative sources outside of manufactured housing per se have signaled MHProNews that antitrust isn’t the only kind of probe underway. Other allegations against the firm have been raised, some reported by mainstream media, others not so much.
With the Trump Administration, state AGs, and a growing number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers raising concerns about the outsized market power of conglomerates like the FAANGs, Berkshire, and Microsoft – to name but the more prominent ones – research done by MHProNews and MHLivingNews is apparently being scrutinized by several public officials.
When AG Racine told Full Measure as a reminder that it was his counterparts from a century ago that broke up Standard Oil, he said that it could go to that level. That may be a negotiating point. Some see probes by cash-hungry states or D.C. as being in part about collecting fines, not unlike what the European Union has done.
That remains to be seen. As a matter of analysis, history, and advocacy, MHProNews has taken the editorial position that breakup is what is necessary in the case of these giants. The logic of Scott Galloway with New York Stern University, who has studied this issue in depth as it applies to ‘the four,’ arguably applies to Berkshire and possibly others.
One more note before wrapping this. “Although privacy fits primarily within the realm of consumer protection law, it would be a grave mistake to believe that privacy concerns can never play a role in antitrust analysis,” Delrahim said. Recall the reports of Clayton/21st “spying” – which was previously reported at the link below.
Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”
For more in related reports, see the links below.
News Tip, Document – Is Clayton Homes Engaged in False Down Payments? Deceptive Trade Practices?
Arabella Advisors – Big Money in Dark Shadows, Warren Buffett Ties – Capital Research Group
Retail Industry Leaders Letter to Federal Trade Commission Asking for Antitrust Investigation, Action – Plus Antitrust Division Comments
Senator Warren Campaigns on Antitrust Action Pledge, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates
Smaller, Independent Businesses, Property Ownership, Manufactured Housing Risks and Opportunities
Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers
Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.
- NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
Updated for Fall 2019…
Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.
· LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI, and LP each are suppliers to the manufactured housing industry, among others.
· AMG, CG, and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.
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