Misleading Mainstream Headlines on New Housing Data? Plus, Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones6.22.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotThe CNN Business headline on this topic tonight reads, “Home sales plunged again in May.”

On Fox Business, their similar headline states “Home sales plunge in third straight monthly drop to lowest level in 9+ years.”

Those may ‘technically’ be true but are still arguably misleading. Why? Because a deeper look into the data, those are trailing numbers. Meanwhile, more recent data shows a sharp ‘V’ shape housing recovery, as MHProNews reported at this link here or via the link below.

That’s not just MHProNews ‘interpretation’ of the data. Rather, no less a leader at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) said similarly. The top headlines at CNN Business and Fox Business could have read, “Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist” said that “We hit a low point in the month of May, [but] it looks like quite a sharp rebound ahead.”

With that tee up, the latest from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) could hold interesting clues as to what is ahead. That will be our featured focus this evening. That will be found beyond our left-right headline summaries, two of our three market snapshots at the closing bell, with the third market snapshot featuring manufactured housing connected stocks following our featured focus and related report links.


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

Robert Reich worked in the Clinton Administration.
The quote by President Obama is often agreed to by people on either side of that left-right media divide. Not only in politics, but also with respect to manufactured housing, there is a need to challenge the narrative spun by the so-called Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies. Not only must the prevailing narrative be challenged, it must be repeatedly challenged, because efforts at manipulation and propaganda are arguably ongoing too.


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






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This is an interesting statement that voices across the left-center-right spectrum that are objective could embrace.


Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

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  • Home sales plunged again in May
  • 3 million homeowners missed their mortgage payments last month
  • The giant meatpacking company at the heart of Germany’s new coronavirus hotspot
  • China halts imports from Tyson plant over Covid-19 fears
  • Wirecard says missing $2 billion never existed. Its stock is down 85% in 3 days
  • Apparent suicide by 20-year-old Robinhood trader prompts app to make changes
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  • A customer stands at an Avis Budget Group Inc. rental counter at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, May 4, 2020. Avis Budget Group’s first-quarter loss widened and it said April and May revenue could decline 80% year-over-year.
  • Why Avis won’t be the next Hertz
  • CLERMONT, KY – FEBRUARY 17: Barrels of bourbon are stacked in a barrel house at the Jim Beam Distillery on February 17, 2020 in Clermont, Kentucky. U.S. whiskey exports have fallen by 27 percent to the European Union, the product’s largest export market, caused by retaliatory tariffs imposed by the 27-nation alliance, a trade group said last week.
  • American whiskey distillers are down $340 million thanks to Trump’s trade wars
  • Mukesh D. Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd., smiles at the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Spring Membership Meeting in New Delhi, India, on Friday, March 4, 2011. The conference brings together business and government leaders for two days in the nation’s capitol.
  • Asia’s richest man is now one of world’s 10 wealthiest people
  • SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 30: The Facebook logo is displayed during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on April 30, 2019 in San Jose, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the opening keynote to the FB Developer conference that runs through May 1.
  • Patagonia joins growing Facebook and Instagram advertiser boycott
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  • Facebook takes down Trump ads using Nazi symbol
  • Zuckerberg: We’re ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s comments
  • Parent of toddler in edited Trump video forces Facebook and Twitter to remove it
  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 17: Scene of an HSBC branch on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. According to Reuters news agency, HSBC, the biggest bank in Europe plans to eliminate 35,000 jobs worldwide, as it continues to struggle with the impact of the coronavirus. The value of HSBC stock has fallen by over 25% since the onset of the pandemic.
  • These companies laid off thousands of employees last week
  • Nevada still has the highest unemployment in the US
  • Nebraska’s unemployment is 5X lower than Nevada’s
  • US jobless claims are still in the millions
  • Another 1.5 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week


Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business

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  • Parking laws must change if small businesses are going to survive
  • Mask mayhem at Florida, California Walmarts
  • Bank deposits surge by trillions of dollars since pandemic gripped US
  • 3 stocks you don’t want to be holding when the market crashes again
  • Miami mayor says this is why coronavirus cases are spiking
  • This investing strategy is beating the market amid a pandemic
  • Gold price surges to 7.5-year high as coronavirus concerns mount
  • Tariffs hit American whiskey producers hard in Europe
  • AOC spends $6M ahead of NY primary as she braces for first reelection bid
  • NASCAR will ban noose culprit for life, president Steve Phelps says
  • Home sales plunge in third straight monthly drop to lowest level in 9+ years
  • Poverty rate fell in April, May because of coronavirus relief payments, researchers say
  • Tom Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ lawyer tapped by Brown University student-athletes
  • Patagonia is latest big company to yank ads from Facebook over ‘hateful lies’
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  • First major airline announces it will restart travel between US, China
  • New Jersey town pulls bar’s outdoor dining permit after patrons pack beer garden
  • Joel Schumacher, director of ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ dies at 80
  • Small businesses could receive second PPP loan under new proposal
  • LeBron James reacts after NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace makes ‘heinous’ find
  • Fed president sees difficult second half for US economy
  • Live Nation announces outdoor concert series in 3 cities starring country singer
  • Posh designer sues to close boutique on NYC’s high-end Fifth Avenue
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  • TECH
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  • Government watchdogs bark at Treasury over small business loan secrecy
  • Sherwin-Williams hikes sales guidance as this trend drives historic demand
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  • Major US cities report deadly shootings amid calls to defund cops


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


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From Realtor earlier today was the following pull quotes.

  • May U.S. Home Sales Dropped 9.7% as Pandemic Kept Shoppers Indoors
  • Sales of previously owned homes dropped 9.7% in May from the prior month, as the coronavirus pandemic kept shoppers indoors during the typically busy spring homebuying season.
  • But record-low interest rates have lured buyers off the sidelines in recent weeks, economists and brokerages say, and they expect sales to pick up starting in June.

That last bullet confirms a report last week here on our evening market report, which similarly indicated that mortgage activities – no doubt due in part to low rates – have been rising.

AEI, Other Housing Market Data Surprisingly Upbeat, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

Returning to Realtor’s data:

  • Sales have plunged since hitting a 13-year high in February. The May closings represent the lowest annualized sales activity since October 2010, said Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.
  • Homes typically go under contract a month or two before the contract closes, so the May data largely reflects purchase decisions made in March or April, when millions of Americans were staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 
  • We hit a low point in the month of May, [but] it looks like quite a sharp rebound ahead,” Mr. Yun said, citing an increase in pending sales in some regions in recent weeks. “It looks like a V-shaped recovery for the housing sector.” 
  • As economies are opening up again, we’re seeing consumers spend,” said David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide, citing a record jump in retail sales in May. “The same thing will be true of housing.”
  •  The median existing-home price rose 2.3% from a year earlier to $284,600. A shortage of homes for sale in many markets has kept prices elevated, economists say. The number of homes for sale at the end of May rose from April to 1.55 million units, NAR said. At the current sales pace, there was a 4.8-month supply of homes on the market at the end of May.
  • New-home sales, which make up about 10% of the market, started to show more positive signs in May. Housing starts, a measure of U.S. home-building, rose 4.3% in May from April, the Commerce Department said last week. Residential permits, which can be a bellwether for future home construction, rose 14.4%.
  • New-home sales are likely to pick up faster than existing-home sales, because the supply of existing homes on the market is limited and consumers might be more comfortable during the pandemic touring newly built homes, Mr. Berson said.

The bottom line? There are several indicators that the housing market is rebounding. While the rebound in manufactured housing, per industry sources, is uneven, there are similar statements from several industry sources that manufactured housing is rebounding too.  The new monthly data for HUD Code manufactured homes will be available in early June. 

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Manufactured Housing Industry Investments Connected Closing Equities Tickers
Some of these firms invest in manufactured housing, or are otherwise connected, but may do other forms of investing or business activities too.

              • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
              • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).



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