It Is Not Over; Cavco Industries Update, plus Manufactured Housing Investing, Stock Updates

Markets rose yesterday and today. One reason could be that the GOP appears to be poised to hold the U.S. Senate. That would be a check on Congress’ ability to pass legislation that might roll back tax cuts passed during the 2017 Trump Administration Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

There are many things that are not over. One, is the latest official insights on the Cavco Industries legal drama, which follows in our featured focus segment further below.

Another is the fight for the outcome of the 2020 general election. Both Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for legal, media, public relations, and other efforts over the hotly contested 2020 presidential contest, as well as congressional and other contests too.

The following commentary came in this afternoon from former left-of-center MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary.

Pekary, along with dozens and dozens of others who come from a progressive or left-of-center (i.e.: pro-Democratic) sources.


For the full context of the former MSNBC producer’s comments today, see the report linked above. It contains Pekary’s remarks about the ‘cancer’ of problematic media from just a few weeks ago. Her statements and that of over 150 others are found via that link.


QuoteSymbolLeft78x1212020 election proves we are broken

The election isn’t decided yet but we can make a few conclusions.

Good news = voters are engaged.

Bad news = it’s for the wrong reasons.

We are incredibly polarized.

I covered this for CJR, writing, “we must learn to reflect a polarized nation.”

CNN, like many other cable news networks, has still not found a way to account for the fact that we’re an incredibly polarized nation. And the big picture of its election coverage was that, as a result, it failed to represent what was happening.

There was huge turnout. The conventional wisdom was that they were turning out for Biden. Which they did. But they were also turning out for Trump. And perhaps we didn’t realize that in part because of the divisive tone that CNN insists on striking.

Trump supporters have been stigmatized to the point that it’s not surprising that they might not be honest with pollsters or journalists. And pollsters and journalists have no way to account for that.

The answer to that is not more balanced coverage in order to favor one party or the other. It’s fuller coverage, so that voters are better informed. And more than anything, the tone has to be tempered so we’re not living in parallel universes.

There’s a serious disconnect in this country and cable “news” across the board must accept responsibility at least for part of that. Many are surprised today but shouldn’t be. Everyone could and should have known how likely it was to be a very close election. Sadly, 2020 has been a repeat of 2016. The flawed coverage prior helped lead to results that shocked many voters and even some analysts. They did not know that Trump’s message resonated with so many.



The tweets that follow give a bit of the color for some post-election concerns.


Yes, every valid vote should be counted. But stuffing ballot boxes or other problematic and illegal behaviors should be rejected by all.  Stay tuned.

Pre-election polling and predictions, including but not limited to Fox News, has been problematic. For example, Fox projected last night that the Democrats would gain some 5 seats in Congress. Instead, it appears that the GOP gained seats, and is poised to hold the Senate. The presidential content remains to be determined.
Instead of a blue wave, there has been a blue mirage. While the outcome is uncertain, what is already known is that Republicans picked up seats in the House, and may hold the Senate too, instead of losing both.

Our featured focus on Cavco’s latest with the SEC follows the quotable quotes, left-right headlines, and 2 of our three market graphics at the closing bell today.


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









Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

  • Jobs crisis
  • A construction worker walks down a staircase in the scaffolding of TSX Broadway under construction, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in New York’s, Times Square. The 46-story mixed-use property will house 75,000 square feet of retail space, a 4,000-square-foot performance venue including an outdoor stage, an outdoor food and beverage terrace and a luxury hotel. U.S. construction spending rose 0.3% in September, the fourth straight monthly gain after a coronavirus-caused spring swoon.
  • No matter who wins the election, America’s broken job market has to be fixed
  • In Amazon we trust: The Nasdaq is skyrocketing. That may not be a great sign for the economy
  • Markets: Stocks close sharply higher for the third day as America waits
  • Silicon Valley: Why Big Tech may be hoping for a Joe Biden presidency
  • US dollar: Why the greenback will remain weak
  • The Fed: The central bank starts its two-day policy meeting today
  • Jamie Dimon: Respect the democratic process — and the election outcome
  • Executive orders: Get ready for more
  • News anchors forcefully call out Trump for prematurely declaring victory
  • MISINFO WATCH Trump tweets questioning election results are labeled ‘disputed’ by Twitter
  • Comic relief: ‘Brace yourselves,’ America: How late night comics handled the inconclusive election
  • Tesla head Elon Musk talks to the press as he arrives to to have a look at the construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin on September 03, 2020 near Gruenheide, Germany. Musk is currently in Germany where he met with vaccine maker CureVac on Tuesday, with which Tesla has a cooperation to build devices for producing RNA vaccines, as well as German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier yesterday.
  • Elon Musk: Tesla was month away from bankruptcy
  • Prop 22 passes in California, exempting Uber and Lyft from classifying drivers as employees
  • Volkswagen unveils its most powerful Golf yet
  • Analysis: Beijing just yanked Ant Group’s IPO to show Jack Ma who’s really in charge
  • T-Mobile fined $200 million over Sprint’s phone subsidy violations
  • Disney’s new robot has a creepily human gaze
  • Breakfast continues to bolster Wendy’s
  • The end of $600 stimulus checks has left unemployed Americans facing financial ruin
  • This solar company’s stock has spiked 300% in 2020. Here’s why
  • He helps Americans get Italian passports. Business is booming

Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business

  • Trump Campaign holds a press conference in Philadelphia
  • Bloomberg poured $100M into Florida, Ohio and Texas and Dems still lost
  • Why many Americans are booking holiday flights despite the pandemic
  • Gap removes election-inspired tweet after backlash: ‘Hopelessly naive’
  • Fed Chair still a rainmaker with Biden or Trump
  • Xi promises Chinese development plans won’t hurt trade
  • Jamie Dimon urges ‘faith’ and ‘patience’ amid election uncertainty
  • FORD
  • Ford recalling 350K Explorers in US for suspension failure issue
  • New battleground state shatters political ad-spending record
  • Former Walmart CEO warns Biden regulations will be a business challenge
  • National security agencies wary of cyberattacks after ‘boring’ election night
  • Wendy’s boosts dividend as breakfast menu provides lift
  • Americans will get a targeted stimulus package: Gerry Baker
  • Doordash CEO says ‘dashers’ win as Prop 22 passes in California
  • How to invest the day after election
  • A Biden administration would regulate oil, gas industries ‘to death’: Steve Moore
  • Biogen, at a crossroads, surges on promising Alzheimer’s drug assessment
  • Pet Valu closing all 358 US stores after more than 25 years
  • China angered by US sale of drones to Taiwan, vows response
  • New Jersey joins 11 other states and legalizes Marijuana
  • Marijuana stocks smoked despite 1 in 3 Americans having access to legal weed
  • Major change to Florida’s minimum wage after 2020 elections
  • Stock market signals election outcome — here’s the prediction
  • Major cruise line cancels North American trips through end of 2020
  • Investors betting on stimulus regardless of who wins election
  • California votes to keep Uber, Lyft drivers as independent contractors
  • Bettors wager $1B on US presidential election, more than Super Bowl
  • SEE PICS: Yankee legend lists $4M New York home for sale
  • How a Trump or Biden presidency could affect your retirement plan
  • Today’s mortgage refinance rates rise as votes continue to be tallied | November 4, 2020


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


Featured Focus –
Where Business, Politics and Investing Can Meet


The drama that began some 2 years ago at Cavco is not over.

The following was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on 10/30/20 by Cavco Industries.


QuoteSymbolLeft78x121Item 1. Legal Proceedings

Information regarding reportable legal proceedings is contained in Part I, Item 3, Legal Proceedings, in the Form 10-K. The following describes legal proceedings, if any, that became reportable during the period ended September 26, 2020, and, if applicable, amends and restates descriptions of previously reported legal proceedings in which there have been material developments during such quarter.

Since 2018, the Company has been cooperating with an investigation by the enforcement staff of the SEC’s Los Angeles Regional Offices regarding securities trading in personal and Company accounts directed by the Company’s former CEO, Joseph Stegmayer. The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors conducted an internal investigation led by independent legal counsel and other advisers and, following the completion of its work in early 2019, the Audit Committee shared the results of its work with the Company’s auditors, listing exchange and with the SEC staff. The Company has also made documents and personnel available to the SEC staff and intends to continue cooperating with its investigation. The Company has been exploring the possibility of a settlement with the SEC staff in connection with the matter, but at this time, the Company is unable to estimate the amount of a potential loss, if any. The Company is hopeful that an amicable resolution can be reached in the coming months. As noted in the Company’s September 24, 2020 Form 8-K filing, the SEC staff that week issued a Wells Notice to Dan Urness, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and prior Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer, in connection with its investigation, noting that it intends to recommend an enforcement action against him. Rather than have this be a distraction to the Company, Mr. Urness has gone on leave to focus on his response to the Wells Notice. Paul Bigbee, the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer since June 2020, is now serving as its Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer.

As a result of the ongoing SEC investigation, the Company incurred $1.1 million in expenses and also received a $1.3 million insurance reimbursement of prior expenses, resulting in a net benefit of $0.2 million for the six months ended September 26, 2020 compared to $1.6 million in expenses during the six months ended September 28, 2019. The Company expects to continue to incur costs relating to this matter. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2019, the Company also reviewed the sufficiency of its insurance coverage and, based on that work, Cavco’s Board of Directors made a decision to purchase additional director and officer (“D&O”) liability insurance coverage with 22-month terms for a total premium of $15.3 million (which cost was evenly amortized over the terms of the policies). As a result, the Company recorded $4.2 million of additional D&O policy premium expense during each of the six months ended September 26, 2020 and September 28, 2019. With the conclusion of the amortization through the second quarter of fiscal year 2021, the additional D&O liability insurance premiums have now been fully amortized. D&O renewal premiums are now in the ordinary course of business.”

Cavco Industries, SEC Issues Notice to CVCO – Plans Enforcement Action Against Cavco’s Dan Urness, plus Joe Stegmayer Insider Trade History, More Insider Insights

Additional information about Cavco from prior reports are above and below. Additionally, another new in depth report is pending. Watch for it in the near term.

Cavco Industries “Killer Acquisition,” CVCO’s New Controversy Tests Antitrust Resolve


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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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