Canadian Trade Group Share Coronavirus Tips, Insights – plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones3.16.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotOur manufactured home community industry comrades up north have thoughtfully shared some insights from their side of the line with respect to the COVID19/coronavirus outbreak. That will be accompanied by some national, international and other charts, data and videos. On a day when the industry’s equities and broader markets plunged hard once again, that will be our featured focus tonight.


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.

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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.

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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

  • Worst day in Dow’s history
  • Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 16, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. – Trading on Wall Street was halted immediately after the opening bell Monday, as stocks posted steep losses following emergency moves by the Federal Reserve to try to avert a recession due to the coronavirus pandemic. Just after the opening bell, the S&P 500 was at 2,490.47, a drop of 8.1 percent and beyond the seven percent loss that automatically triggers a 15-minute trading halt.
  • LIVE UPDATES The index falls nearly 3,000 points as Trump says this new normal could last until August
  • The global coronavirus recession is beginning
  • Goldman Sachs warns US stocks could plunge another 19% before rapidly recovering
  • America’s biggest banks halt share buybacks as coronavirus crisis deepens
  • The Fed just broke out 4 big weapons to fight the coronavirus crisis
  • Opinion: A retired general and Navy SEAL on how to be a true leader during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Grocery stores change hours to cope with shopping frenzies
  • Corporate earnings are about to get extremely ugly
  • Opinion: Forget 2008, this stock market sell-off is 2001 all over again
  • LIVE DATA Track what stocks are being battered by coronavirus — and which are getting a boost
  • A passenger walks past an information board announcing flight cancellations at Arlanda international airport outside Stockholm, with the airport being unusually empty due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus on March 16, 2020. (Photo by Fredrik SANDBERG / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Sweden OUT (Photo by FREDRIK SANDBERG/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Most airlines could be bankrupt by May. Governments will have to help
  • More than half of American jobs are at risk because of coronavirus
  • America could lose 1 million jobs in March, former Trump adviser warns
  • Google sister-company’s coronavirus website rolls out to confusion
  • Some grocery stores are offering ‘elderly hours’ to help protect older shoppers
  • The rules of video conferencing at home
  • How to work from home with kids (without losing it)
  • Universal’s movies currently in theaters will be made available on demand this week
  • Microsoft reveals details about its next-generation console Xbox Series X
  • How to help small businesses survive the coronavirus crisis
  • Your coronavirus workplace questions answered
  • How to work from home without losing your mind
  • Your coronavirus workplace questions answered
  • How to work from home without losing your mind
  • This photo taken on March 11, 2020 shows workers checking newly-made bullet trains at a factory in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province.
  • The coronavirus has devastated China’s economy. The ‘nightmare’ isn’t over
  • Workers say gig companies doing the ‘bare minimum’
  • Europe’s car industry is starting to shut down
  • United slashes its schedule 50%
  • Parts of the Las Vegas Strip are going dark


Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business

  • Dow drops 3,000 points as Trump says virus disaster may go for months
  • S. equity markets plunged after the Federal Reserve took emergency action to combat the economic harm caused by the new coronavirus outbreak.
  • America’s best defense against grocery store shortages looks shaky
  • ‘We could be Italy’: Surgeon General warns US outbreak will likely worsen
  • First experimental coronavirus vaccine administered in Seattle
  • Coronavirus forces Universal Studios to shift new films to home viewing
  • Inside Goldman Sachs’ chilling forecast
  • Coronavirus bonds could help millions of Americans, small businesses
  • Grocer offers special hours for seniors
  • Opinion: How Trump can wage economic war against coronavirus – and win
  • Virus treatment tested with arthritis drug
  • Disney heiress goes off as crowds pack Magic Kingdom amid virus warnings
  • Critics bash Trump’s plan to boost economy with payroll tax cuts
  • Ex-Walmart CEO: Rationing could happen in coronavirus crisis
  • These American workers are getting paid sick leave
  • What is martial law? Is America about to go under military rule?
  • Rita Wilson spreads virus to journalist
  • Emergency room doctors contract virus
  • How low coronavirus-led stock market selloff could go: Goldman Sachs
  • NY Stock Exchange may close this week
  • These cities most likely to resist the coronavirus crisis on the economy
  • High-end restaurant group offers free lunch to local students
  • Will coronavirus cause a baby boom?
  • No one is safe: Buffett family exposed to coronavirus
  • Coronavirus forces Wynn Resorts, MGM to close Vegas casinos
  • Former NYSE CEO calls for presidential working group on financial markets
  • Impossible Foods raises $500M in new funding, says it can ‘thrive’ in coronavirus pandemic
  • Health and Human Services under cyber siege amid coronavirus response: report
  • Party’s over: Bars shut down across US after revelers ignore social distancing
  • Will the Fed’s emergency rate cut work?
  • Peloton latest retailer to close stores amid coronavirus outbreak
  • Lockheed Martin’s Marillyn Hewson to step down as CEO
  • Regulators urge banks to use Fed’s discount window for emergency, short-term loans
  • Varney on coronavirus and small business: The little guy is getting clobbered
  • How NY Stock Exchange is preventing outbreak on trading floor
  • Coronavirus: What is ‘herd immunity’?
  • China’s economy skids as virus paralyzes factories, households
  • Coronavirus vaccine clinical trial begins
  • WATCH: NY Stock Exchange president responds to whether market should close
  • Chick-fil-A closes dining rooms in bid to encourage ‘social distancing’
  • U-Haul offering 30-day free storage for uprooted college students
  • French antitrust regulator hits Apple with massive fine
  • Elton John postpones tour: A look at concerts on hold
  • WATCH: Maria Bartiromo says we are going to see ‘scary’ opening
  • Powell on whether Fed will use negative interest rates
  • NYC to close nightclubs, theaters, limit restaurants to take-out and delivery
  • Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders reveal how they would tackle pandemic
  • WATCH: Toilet paper spotted on baggage carousel amid shortage fears
  • 10 things parents need to know to homeschool their kids
  • Gun sales surge amid coronavirus outbreak in US
  • WATCH: What U-Haul is offering college students
  • WATCH: What U-Haul is offering college students
  • Major airline to reduce flight capacity by 50%, cut corporate officers’ pay
  • Coronavirus forces MLB to delay 2020 season further

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Featured Focus – Where Business, Politics and Investing Can Meet


MHProNews’ publisher reached out to Al Kemp of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of British Columbia (MHPOABC) for insights and news from their nation. Kemp sent L. A. “Tony” Kovach the following message.


QuoteMarkManufacturedHomeLivingNewsHI Tony,

I think we’re in better shape overall than the USA.  We have sufficient testing kits throughout the country and many testing stations have been in operation for several weeks.  Rather than a blanket ban on international arrivals, Canada will reduce the number of airports accepting international flights to a few that are fully capable to testing, referring, etc. arriving passengers.  Our provincial and federal health officers are all encouraging no international travel.  (I got an email from 5 minutes ago from my travel insurance company that they will not cover any travel outside Canada booked after March 13.)

I don’t think COVID-19 will spread in Canada to the same relative extent that it is/will in the USA.  While the number of cases is rising, there has only been one death so far.  (Our population is about 37 million.)

I am advising my members to ensure common areas in communities are kept particularly clean, and giving them information to distribute to their residents.

. . . Al

Al Kemp,
Executive Director of Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of British Columbia.”


Kemp emphasized that given the fluid nature of the issue, his statement was subject to change based on new developments. Within minutes, an announcement was made by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the border would be closed, Canadian were encouraged to return from overseas and that the United States was exempt for the moment.


PM Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire, tested positive for COVID-19 last week. While Trudeau has reported no symptoms, he has been in isolation since last week as a precautionary measure.


From Kemp, MHProNews was provided the following tips.




QuoteMarkManufacturedHomeLivingNewsWhat Do We Know and What Can We Do about COVID-19?

Before you read further, remember that information, advice, restrictions and regulations are changing rapidly – in some cases more than once a day. As of the morning of March 16, here is information useful to residential rental housing owners and managers.

“Community transmission” means the passing of the virus from one person to another. It transfers via droplets from coughing, sneezing, even speaking.

“Social distancing” means staying at least one metre (some say two) away from other people as the droplets can’t travel beyond that distance.

The virus can enter another person through eyes, nose, or mouth. It does not transmit through skin contact. Virus droplets remain transferrable on metal surfaces, sometimes beyond a day.

Canada’s public health experts and authorities are encouraging everyone to:

  • Avoid personal contact such as hugging, shaking hands, etc. Greet people with an “elbow bump.”
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill or expressing flu-like symptoms, including a dry cough or fever.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
  • Try to avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth (we unconsciously do so a few times a minute).
  • Do not rely on social media for information. Go to reliable sources such as your local health authority or the BC Centre for Disease Control:

If you are feeling ill, do not go to a medical clinic or hospital emergency room. You may unnecessarily tie up overtaxed medical personnel and/or contract the virus from or pass it to others. Instead phone 811 and talk to a nurse about your symptoms – and follow the nurse’s advice. 811 is being overtaxed as well, so you may have to wait for a while.

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We suggest you print or cut and paste everything above and send/give to your residents. What follows addresses the question of “What Can We Do” from a rental housing owner/manager’s perspective.

First, make sure any buildings or areas accessible by tenants and their guests are cleaned frequently. Items that have consistent contact by a number of people, such as door handles, elevator buttons, faucets, sinks, etc. should probably be cleaned with a disinfecting cleaner more than once a day.

Fitness rooms and playground equipment should also be frequently cleaned, depending on use. We don’t recommend closing a playground, social rom, fitness centre, etc. at this point. That may become advisable. Closing a swimming pool now may be prudent

Place hand cleaners with at least a 60% alcohol content in social rooms, public washrooms, fitness centres, and laundry rooms. We recommend placing a note on the doors of laundry rooms, fitness centre, etc. recommending that users follow the social distancing advice.

Make sure your office and surroundings are kept clean, particularly areas accessible by others. Have a hand cleaner containing available and encourage anyone who comes to your office to use it as soon as they enter.

According to some psychologists, panic/hysteria accompanies any widespread situation that can negatively affect people, hence people wearing masks that will not protect them, buying excessive quantities of toilet paper, hand cleaner, etc. You can ease this panic by good communication with your residents (see above).

The health and preventive measures should of course be everyone’s #1 concern. #2 is the question of what to do about rent payments if employed residents are laid off or have their working hours reduced. We can’t advise whether to insist on rent being paid on time, provide a grace period, or allow residents to pay no or partial rent until they are back to work. Those are difficult decisions you have to make.

Prime Minister Trudeau is supposed to announce financial assistance measures for people in these situations on March 18th. Depending on what these are, Premier Horgan may follow with what the BC government will do. There are rent banks (short term loans) available in some areas; commercial banks and credit unions may ease short term borrowing requirements; residents may be able to turn to other resources, such as family or friends. Banks and credit unions may also ease or defer requirements for monthly mortgage payments.

What is important is to remember that your building is your residents’ home; they rely on you to ensure they can continue to rely on the stability of that home just the same as you do for your home.

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We will keep you informed via email as we learn anything relevant and important.

. . . Al Kemp


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