Wall Street investors were in no hurry to move far from the wall of the dance floor on the first day of March, but did manage to keep the three major indexes on the positive side, despite concerns abut gridlock in Washington and uncertainty overseas. CNNMoney reports the Dow Jones Industrial Average moved up slightly, gaining +0.25 percent, +35.17 points, to begin the month at 14,089.66. The Nasdaq moved up also, +0.30 percent, +9.55 points, to close at 3,169.74, while the S&P advanced +0.23 percent, +3.52 points, to end the day at 1,518.20. The Yahoo! Finance Manufactured Housing Composite fell -0.83 percent to close at 1472.9. Most housing stocks we track closed up or even. Patrick Industries gained the most of tracked stocks, advancing +5.58 percent, +0.74, to end the day at 14.00. Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, as well as MH home-building, lending and other housing suppliers parent company Berkshire Hathaway dropped the most of the stocks we follow, falling -0.19 percent, -299.00, to end the day at 152,301. Affiliated Managers Group 146.02 -0.21(-0.14%). Cavco Industries 45.67 +0.56(+1.24%). Champion, Liberty Homes, Deer Valley and Palm Harbor continued unchanged. Drew Industries 37.07 +0.69 (+1.90%). Equity LifeStyle Properties 74.60 +0.91 (+1.23%). Louisiana Pacific Industries 21.31 +0.34 (+1.62%). Nobility Homes remained at 5.50 for the second consecutive day. Skyline Corp. 4.61 +0.02 (+0.44%). Sun Communities Inc. 46.97 +0.44 (+0.95%). Third Avenue Value Fund (Feb 28) 52.21 +0.06 (+0.12%). Universal Forest Products, Inc. 41.40 +0.82 (+2.02%). UMH 10.08 +0.05 (+0.52%).
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