Even though the third quarter ended on a somewhat sour note, it proved to be quite strong. Additionally, for the year the Dow is up ten percent, the Nasdaq has gained 15 percent, and the S & P has ended Q3 20 percent higher. On the day, however, investors were dismayed by poor U.S. manufacturing numbers, as all three indexes closed slightly lower. CNNMoney reports the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost -48.84 points, -0.36 percent, to close at 13,437.13, while the Nasdaq lost -0.65 percent to 3,116.23. The S&P fell -0.45 percent to close at 1,440.67. The Yahoo! Finance Manufactured Housing Composite dropped -0.02 percent to close at 1108.3. Housing stocks we track finished the day mixed, or even. Skyline Corp. spiked the most of tracked stocks, gaining +6.60%, +0.34, to close at 5.48. Louisiana Pacific Corp. fell the most of stocks we follow, -4.29%, -0.56, to close at 12.50. Affiliated Managers Group 123.00 -0.14 (-0.11%). Cavco Industries 45.88 -0.14 (-0.30%). Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, as well as MH home-building, lending and other housing suppliers parent company Berkshire Hathaway 132,350 -58.00 (-0.04%). Champion, Liberty Homes, Deer Valley and Palm Harbor all remained unchanged. Drew Industries 30.21 -0.13 (-0.43%). Equity LifeStyle Properties 68.12 -0.62 (-0.90%). Nobility Homes remained unchanged at 6.00 for the sixth consecutive day. Patrick Industries 15.47 +0.49 (+3.27%). Sun Communities, Inc. 44.11 -0.28 (-0.63%). Third Avenue Value Fund (9-27) 48.98 +0.49 (+1.01%). United Forest Products, Inc. 41.55 -0.24 (-0.57%). UMH closed at 11.97.
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