News from the government about a sharp rise in new home construction led to a three percent plus rise in the stocks of home builders Pulte Group and Toll Brothers, and helped push the three indexes higher, leading the Dow close to a five-year high. CNNMoney reports the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up +0.63 percent, +84.79 points, to end the day at 13,596.02. The Nasdaq gained +0.59 percent, +18.46 points, to close at 3,136.00, while the S&P moved up, +0.56 percent, +8.31 points, to end the day at 1,480.94. The Yahoo! Finance Manufactured Housing Composite gained 1.21 percent to close at 1268.1. All but two housing stock we track closed up or even. Skyline Corporation gained the most of tracked stocks, moving up +3.99%, +0.17, to end the day at 4.43. Patrick Industries, Inc. lost the most of tracked stocks, falling -2.08%, -0.34 to 16.00. Affiliated Managers Group 141.15 +1.11 (+0.79%). Cavco Industries, Inc. 49.83 +0.75 (+1.53%). Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, as well as MH home-building, lending and other housing suppliers parent company Berkshire Hathaway 143,484 +520. (+0.36%). Champion, Liberty Homes, and Palm Harbor continued unchanged, and Deer Valley was unchanged at 0.60. Drew Industries remained at 34.67. Equity LifeStyle Properties 71.66 +0.31 (+0.43%). Louisiana Pacific Industries 20.74 +0.62 (+3.08%). Nobility Homes remained steady at 4.60. Sun Communities, Inc. 42.79 +0.61 +(1.45%). Third Avenue Value Fund (Jan. 16) 51.31 -0.11 (-0.21%). Universal Forest Products, Inc. 40.25 +0.32 (+0.80). UMH 10.41 +0.16 (+1.56%).
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