Concern with Government Stalemate Shrouds Stocks

The threat of a government shutdown and subsequent need to raise the debt ceiling sometime around the middle of October led investors away from the Big Board as the Dow and the S&P closed down for the fourth straight day, while the Nasdaq managed to squeak away with a minor gain. CNNMoney reports the Dow dropped -66.79 points, -0.43 percent, to close at 15,334.59. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq nudged up +0.08 percent, +2.96 points to end today’s trading at 3,768.25, while the S&P lost -0.26 percent, -4.42 points, to close at 1,697.42. The Yahoo! Finance Manufactured Housing Composite advanced +0.42 percent to end today’s session at 2000.9. Most housing stocks we track closed down or even, but Universal Forest Products, Inc. managed a gain of +1.27 percent, +0.53, to end the day at 41.83. Sun Communities, Inc. fell the most of tracked stocks, edging down -1.06 percent, -0.48, to finish at 45.77. Affiliated Managers Group 184.30 +0.05 (+0.03%). Cavco Industries 58.65 -0.40 (-0.69%). Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, as well as MH home-building, lending and other housing suppliers parent company Berkshire Hathaway 172,500 -1040.00 (-0.60%). Deer Valley remained unchanged at 0.65. Drew Industries 43.84 +0.14 (+0.32%). Equity LifeStyle Properties 34.92 -0.33 (-0.94%). Liberty Homes remained unchanged at 0.60. Louisiana Pacific Corp. held steady at 17.51. Nobility Homes remained unchanged at 9.00. Patrick Industries 29.77 -0.175 (-0.58%). Skyline Corp. 4.97 +0.04 (+0.81%). Third Avenue Value Fund (Sept. 23) 57.66 -0.19 (-0.33%). UMH Properties, Inc. 9.91 -0.02 (-0.20%).

(Graphic credit: CNNMoney and RealTick)

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