Sun Communities, SUI Insider Trades, Institutional Moves, Plus Manufactured Home Equities Updates

CNNmoney12.18.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsIt is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Sun Communities, Inc . (NYSE:SUI),” said Simply Wall Street in a fresh analysis that will be part of our featured report, found below the Manufactured Housing Composite Value graphic.


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The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.  Headlines – at home and abroad – often move the markets.  So, this is an example of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” ©

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Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…




Manufactured Housing Composite Value (MHCV)



Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked manufactured home connected stocks today, see thBloomberg graphic, posted below.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –



Insider selling is governed by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules, so they can be done legally. As part of their new analysis on SUN (SUI), Simply Wall Street pointed to a Harvard Study that found that “insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.”



Recent headlines:



The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Sun Communities

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by President & COO John McLaren for US$625k worth of shares, at about US$96.16 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$108, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. While their view may have changed since they sold, this isn’t a particularly bullish sign. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 4% of John McLaren’s holding.”



  • We note that in the last year insiders divested 9.90k shares for a total of US$938k.
  • In total, Sun Communities insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$94.77, on average.
  • We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price.”



Baseball Digest Spent More Time Focused on Institutional Moves

BaseballDailyNewsLogoMHProNews-150x69“Cohen & Steers Inc. reduced its position in shares of Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI) by 7.0% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 8,211,535 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 619,752 shares during the period. Sun Communities makes up approximately 2.4% of Cohen & Steers Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 10th biggest position. Cohen & Steers Inc. owned 9.51% of Sun Communities worth $833,799,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in SUI.

  • Alps Advisors Inc. acquired a new position in Sun Communities during the second quarter valued at approximately $226,000.
  • Boston Partners acquired a new position in Sun Communities during the second quarter valued at approximately $2,055,000.
  • Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its position in Sun Communities by 192.1% during the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 21,022 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $2,058,000 after purchasing an additional 13,826 shares in the last quarter.
  • Toronto Dominion Bank acquired a new position in Sun Communities during the second quarter valued at approximately $1,095,000.
  • Finally, Strs Ohio raised its position in Sun Communities by 4.5% during the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 115,753 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $11,329,000 after purchasing an additional 5,033 shares in the last quarter.


Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.31% of the company’s stock.”


View from MHVille

Sun is at the top of the manufactured home community REIT sector, and has arguably demonstrated years of solid management performance.

Graphic, data, per Sun Communities (SUI).
Graphic, data, per Sun Communities (SUI).

The Sun IR material arguably does a far better job of making the case for manufactured homes and communities than the Manufactured Housing Institute does.  There is a case to be made that the various forces in manufactured housing are artificially manipulating the market.  That’s something investors can – and some do – take seriously.  For investors with sufficient moxie and resources, that can be an opportunity in disguise.  For those who aren’t it is an added risk that must be understood.  One example of that topic is found in the linked box below.


Manufactured Housing Institute Housing Alert, Affordable Housing Crisis, MHI’s #NettlesomeThings Response


For a recent report on Sun, see the related report by clicking the linked image/textbox below.

Sun Communities Strategic Investment in Ingenia Communities, Info, Videos Beyond the Release, Plus Manufactured Home Industry Market Updates



Bloomberg Closing Ticker for MHProNews…

NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services.

NOTE: The chart below covers a number of stocks NOT reflected in the Yahoo MHCV, shown above.

NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).



Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers.

LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing.

AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

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