Dow Advances Cautiously; Housing Stocks Close Mixed

Stocks notched up slightly as investors anticipate fourth-quarter corporate reports amid continuing concerns about the debt crisis in Europe. CNNMoney reports the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 32.77 points, +0.27 percent, to close at 12,392.69. The NASDAQ moved up +0.09 percent, and the S&P gained +0.23 percent. The Yahoo! Finance Manufactured Housing Composite gained +2.34 percent to close at 728.6. Tracked housing stocks closed mixed, with Patrick Industries posting the biggest advance, moving up +5.38 percent, +0.24, to close at 4.70. Affiliated Managers Group 99.99 +1.97 (+2.01%). Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, as well as MH home-building, lending and other housing suppliers parent company Berkshire Hathaway remained unchanged at 114,500. Cavco Industries 39.75 +0.87 (+2.37%). Champion, Liberty Homes, DeerValley and Palm Harbor all remained unchanged. Drew Industries 24.90 -0.20 (-0.80%). Nobility Homes 5.57 +0.03 (+0.54%). Skyline Corp. 4.69, +0.17 (+3.76%). Sun Communities fell the most of tracked stocks, losing -3.13 percent, -1.18, to close at 36.53. Third Avenue Value Fund (1-06) 40.53 -0.46 (-1.12%). UMH Properties 9.52 +0.08 (+0.85%). Universal Forest Products, Inc. 31.04 +0.53 (+1.74%).

(Graphic credit: CNNMoney and RealTick)

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