Improving Jobs News, Contrasted Against Exacerbated Housing Crisis, plus China, Oil, and Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

The evening snapshot of manufactured housing connected stocks at the closing bell are found after the featured focus and the related reports. No one else in manufactured housing provides this business-nightly service.

The video below was produced on May 20, which is useful for the purposes of this report. Because some of the news since then has been positive, as today’s strong jobs report reflects.

Additionally, the indications from #1 Texas reflects some level of recovery in the manufactured housing market.

Those points said, this left-of-center CNN Business video and related report spotlights facts that MHProNews has cited previously. Namely, that the need for affordable housing is great. The Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic has only made it worse. Sharply higher unemployment has further fueled the woes many face.

There are 500,000 people who are homeless in America, but millions more are housing insecuremeaning they spend a large portion of their income on their rent or mortgage, or they are living in overcrowded spaces or poor conditions. Even before the pandemic, one in four US renters spent more than half their income on rent in 2018, according to a Harvard study,” said CNN Business.



The problems that CNN’s video suggests often find their potential answer or solutions in manufactured housing, even though that was not mentioned in their report. One might wonder, why the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) doesn’t push to appear in reports and then routinely ask for the full enforcement of the existing good laws that could improve the lives of millions is an open question.




If the following bullets that are quotes from CNN sounds like a page out of socialism, well, the notion includes support from New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (NY14-D). Like several in her party, she is routinely pro-socialist.

Per CNN Business, the following.

  • “In saying ‘cancel the rent,’ we’re saying cancel not only the rent during this period — which, we have no idea when this period will end, right? But also cancel all debt related to that rent. Meaning, cancel it, and we don’t owe you anything,” housing activist Kerbie Joseph explained.
  • Joseph said it’s not enough to pause evictions, or pause rent, only to have multiple months of payments come due at once when society and business reopens. She helped organize a rent strike in New York on May 1, with the goal of pushing politicians to do more to protect the housing of people who cannot work right now.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed canceling the rentin late April. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called for “rent forgiveness,” saying, “Forgiveness. Not paid later, forgiveness.”

Rephrased, former Vice President Biden – at least at that moment – supported something that sounds quite similar in practice, according to CNN Business.

How property owners fare or could be made whole under that concept is not clearly answered.


Also, from that same report by CNN Business is the following.

  • If rental income isn’t coming in for landlords, Schuetz explained, they can’t pay their mortgages. But it’s not just that. They also won’t be able to afford the property taxes that fund local governments, including things like public health programs.
  • The coronavirus has “just drawn attention to problems that existed already,” Schuetz said. “But hopefully this will also make middle-income voters a little more conscious that we all suffer when we have people who are unhoused or unstably housed.”

As noted, the somewhat brighter news is that for the second straight month, the official jobs numbers as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor have beaten expectations. Unemployment still remains high, but is falling faster than some believed just 2 months ago could be possible.

This morning’s report shapes the above in a more manufactured housing specific fashion.

#1 Manufactured Housing State, Texas Manufactured Home Shipment Market Analysis – May 2020 Data, Plus Official U.S. Labor Data Soar$

That noted, the broader economic data captured in the left-right headlines that follow our quotable quotes tonight included a mention of China’s hoarding oil offshore. Given the importance of energy production in the U.S., and how energy market states often are good sources of business for manufactured housing retailers and producers, that will be our featured focus for tonight.


That follows 2 of our 3 market snapshot graphics at the closing bell tonight. The manufactured housing connected stocks at the close today are found near the end of this report, beyond the featured focus and related reports.


Quotes That Shed Light – American Social, Industry, National Issues…


Understanding media bias is useful to sifting through possibly hidden agendas.






Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

  • Leaving a job now
  • Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky.
  • It’s a scary time to be unemployed. These people still chose to get laid off
  • The economy created 4.8 million jobs in June. That’s not the whole story
  • Opinion: These are the workers who will see the slowest wage growth
  • Stocks rise after jobs report
  • INTERACTIVE Track America’s recovery
  • Andrew Yang: What Congress can do to avoid a new Great Depression
  • Lemonade, the online insurer, surges in Wall Street debut
  • Tesla delivered more than 90,000 cars last quarter
  • China is storing an epic amount of oil at sea. Here’s why
  • Court sides with publisher of tell-all book by Trump’s niece
  • Kids stuck at home interrupt parents’ live interviews on BBC and Sky News
  • School bus drivers excited and scared as school year approaches
  • Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: Powered by the proven supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine, the Durango SRT Hellcat delivers a best-in-class 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission
  • The Dodge Durango Hellcat is a family SUV that can go 180 mph
  • BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES – 2020/04/12: Cars jam at the parking lot of WalMart, after other supermarkets closed entirely, or closed early, on Easter Sunday. The business, which used to be open until midnight, has been experiencing high volume since the beginning of the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Walmart is transforming 160 of its parking lots into drive-in movies theaters
  • FILE: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Inc., listens during an Economic Club of Washington discussion in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the worlds 500 wealthiest people. The couple met when they both worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and they married in 1993. He founded Amazon a year later.
  • Jeff Bezos is so rich he just set a new record
  • Customers dine outside McDonald’s in Union Square as New York City moves into Phase 2 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic on June 24, 2020. Phase 2 permits the reopening of offices, in-store retail, outdoor dining, barbers and beauty parlors and numerous other businesses. Phase 2 is the second of four-phased stages designated by the state.
  • McDonald’s hits pause on reopening dining rooms as coronavirus cases rise
  • Disney is postponing the reopening of Disneyland
  • What happens when the only grocery store closes
  • Mall giant Simon reopens most of its shopping centers
  • Apple is closing some of the stores that it reopened
  • Bentley is launching a new version of its SUV, the Bentayga.
  • With its new super fast SUV, Bentley completes a major makeover
  • New F-150 has fully reclining seats and a bottle opener
  • Electric Mini Cooper is a blast, but impractical
  • This Lamborghini is more fun for less money
  • Ford’s Mustang Mach 1 is back, with even more power


Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business

  • Trump says stocks, ‘greatest economy’ on track to hit pre-pandemic levels
  • “We built the greatest economy in the history of the world, and now we’re doing it again,” Trump said at the “Spirit of America” showcase.
  • Trump says another coronavirus bill is in the works and could include this tax cut
  • White House says 2nd stimulus check still on table despite booming jobs report
  • Stocks spike as June jobs report blows past expectations
  • Economy adds record-breaking 4.8M jobs in June as unemployment rate falls
  • NEWS
  • Home Depot changing the way it sells rope after disturbing discoveries made in stores
  • CARS
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dodge rolls out world’s most powerful SUV
  • Scalia: Trump administration puts American workers first in line as jobs come back
  • Redskins sponsors pressured to cut ties unless team changes name
  • NYC home sales plunge by largest amount on record, report shows
  • AUTO
  • Ford partners with Disney for Bronco lineup debut
  • Texas woman spits on 7-Eleven counter after being told to wear mask
  • British judge rejects Venezuela’s Maduro’s bid for gold in London bank
  • Broadcasting legend Hugh Downs dead at 99
  • Lemonade shares squeeze higher in stock market debut
  • Jeff Bezos’ net worth hits to new high, but has been limited by this event
  • Judge rules after mom claims Disney violated rights for making son wait
  • How Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein allegedly groomed underage victims
  • Twitter removes image shared by Trump after New York Times complaint
  • If $600 unemployment boost isn’t extended, brace for widespread impact
  • Walmart parking lots to host drive-in movie series at 160 stores nationwide
  • Cam Newton only guaranteed $550,000 with Patriots, making less than some backup quarterbacks: Report
  • Uber to require coronavirus masks for riders, drivers indefinitely
  • Coronavirus prompts Vanilla Ice to postpone Texas concert
  • Florida State reassures staff alarmed by reported child-care ban for remote workers
  • Restaurants in NYC will take longer to bounce back: Danny Meyer
  • How to win at retirement, even if there’s a second wave
  • Facebook, Instagram to show coronavirus mask reminders to users
  • Bill Gates: Aversion to coronavirus masks ‘hard to understand’
  • Tesla shatters Wall Street delivery projections despite coronavirus closure
  • Fireworks display companies ‘on life support’ as individual sales explode
  • 3 mistakes that could wreck your retirement if there’s a second wave of COVID-19
  • EXCLUSIVE: State Department warns top US businesses on China human rights abuses
  • Meet ‘MATE’: When Postmates is planning IPO filing
  • Herman Cain hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus
  • Coronavirus second wave: Is the US experiencing it now?
  • New car prices rise 3% in June, boosted by non-luxury car and light truck sales
  • Harvard grad Claira Janover says she’s lost Deloitte job over TikTok ‘stab threat’
  • Coronavirus pushes gyms to look for outdoor real estate
  • These 5 states pay the most money in unemployment benefits


10 Market Indicator Closing Summaries – Yahoo Finance Closing Tickers on MHProNews…

The evening snapshot of manufactured housing connected stocks at the closing bell are found after the featured focus and the related reports. No one else in manufactured housing provides this business-nightly service.

Featured Focus –
Where Business, Politics and Investing Can Meet


Manufactured housing and energy in general have several important touch points.  They include but are not limited to the following.

  • Jobs in ‘the oil patch’ or other energy producing areas are in numbers of situations served by manufactured, prefab or modular homes.
  • The price of fuel obviously impacts the total cost of a manufactured home.
  • The balance between energy production that is high enough to support jobs while not be so high as to dampen demand due to high fuel costs.


Earlier today, CNN had the following report that produced these notable pull quotes.

  • New York (CNN Business) China bought so much foreign oil at dirt-cheap prices this spring that a massive traffic jam of tankers has formed at sea waiting to offload crude.


  • As of June 29, China — the world’s second-largest consumer of oil after the United States — had amassed 73 million barrels of oil on 59 different ships floating at sea off the country’s northern coast, according to ClipperData, which tracks waterborne flows of crude oil in real-time. For context, that is three-quarters of the demand for the entire planet.
  • Barrels arriving today would have been purchased in March and April — when oil prices were melting down because of the pandemic. US crude crashed below zero on April 20 for the first time ever.
  • China’s so-called floating storage — defined as barrels of oil on vessels waiting for seven days or longer — has nearly quadrupled since the end of May, according to ClipperData. Not only is that the most on record going back to early 2015, it’s up seven-fold from the monthly average during the first quarter of 2020.
  • “China went on a global buying binge,” said Matt Smith, director of commodity strategy at ClipperData. “There is just this deluge of crude building up offshore.”
  • “This is simply related to terminal congestion. They’ve got so much coming in that they can’t bring it onshore quickly enough,” he said.
  • It was China’s purchases that helped prop up the battered oil market.
  • Just seven weeks after crashing to a low of negative $40 a barrel, US crude surged back to $40 a barrel. That $80 swing was driven by unprecedented supply cuts by OPEC and Russia, the lifting of health restrictions around the world and strong demand from China.
  • China, the world’s second-largest economy, relies heavily on foreign crude to keep its economy humming. That’s why it makes sense for the country to stockpile oil when global prices were at rock bottom.
  • $190 oil sounds crazy. But JPMorgan thinks it’s possible, even after the pandemic
  • China’s oil imports soared 19% in May from the year before to a record high of 11.3 million barrels per day, according to S&P Global Platts. The country’s shipments of foreign crude are expected to have topped that record in June.
  • Of course, the risk is that China’s thirst for foreign oil will eventually be satisfied. Imports are already sitting at record highs. Floating storage is well above normal levels. And oil markets are no longer in contango.
  • ClipperData’s Smith said that the traffic in crude bound for China has already begun to slow.
  • “Just as it helped support prices the past few months,” he said, “it may do the opposite in the months ahead.”


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                  • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
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