Despite a drop in first-time unemployment claims, a rise in pending home sales, positive news on the sale of durable goods for Sept., and good news about Greece, the U.S. stock market moved little as a mixed batch of corporate returns and uncertainly ahead of the presidential election weighed on the market. CNNMoney says the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 26.34 points, + 0.20 percent, to end the day at 13,103.68. Nasdaq moved up +0.15 percent, +4.42 points, to close at 2,986.12, while the S&P advanced +0.30 percent, +4.2 points to close at 1,412.97. The Yahoo! Finance Manufactured Housing Composite dropped -0.61 percent to close at 1169.5. Housing stocks we track closed mixed or even. Drew Industries gained the most of tracked stocks, +0.96 percent, +0.30 to close at 31.43. Patrick Industries, Inc. fell the most of stocks we follow, -6.68%, -1.28, to end the day at 18.21. Affiliated Managers Group 124.19 +0.86 (+0.70%). Cavco Industries 46.93 -0.69 (-1.45%). Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, as well as MH home-building, lending and other housing suppliers parent company Berkshire Hathaway 130,582 +137.00 (+0.11%). Champion, Liberty Homes, Deer Valley and Palm Harbor all remained unchanged. Equity LifeStyle Properties remained unchanged at 67.41. Louisiana Pacific Corp. 15.35 -0.38 (-2.42%). Nobility Homes remained unchanged at 5.15. Skyline Corp 4.42 -0.03 (-0.67%). Sun Communities, Inc. 42.11 -1.62 (-3.70%). Third Avenue Value Fund 48.88 (Oct. 24) +0.24 (+0.49%). Universal Forest Products, Inc. 37.54 -0.06 (-0.29%). UMH remained at 11.17 for the second straight day.
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