Tariffs “…Will Effect Demand,” says Kevin Clayton, Answers CNBC’s Monopoly Question – Video – plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

CNNmone5.14.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsThe timing of our reports at times may seem prescient to those who follow them closely. Sometimes, that is due to news tips. But the truth is that there are other times that the small, quiet, inner voice often whispers which topic to pick when – and that voice turns out to be right. On a day when the markets rebounded, Kevin Clayton, tariffs, and affordable housing are front and center in our featured report this evening.


If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline report is found further below, after the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

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.” ©

Part of this unique evening feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – which saves busy readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

This is an exclusive evening or nightly example of MH “Industry News, Tips and Views, Pros Can Use.” © It is fascinating to see just how similar, and different, these two lists of headlines can be.

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  • Alice Rivlin, former OMB director during Clinton administration, dead at 88
  • Financial responsibility begins at home, Chris Hogan says
  • Papadopoulos urges Trump to uncover if Comey, Brennan prompted spying
  • These are the best cities for recent college grads to work and live, study says

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



Today’s Big Movers

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

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –




Everyone, including us [Clayton Homes], is trying to get pricing down to help solve this affordable housing issue,” said Kevin Clayton during the video interview with left-of-center CNBC.

Diana Olick at CNBC asked what might be one of the best mainstream media questions put to Kevin Clayton in some time. Ticking through a list of some of Berkshire Hathaway’s varied investments in the housing market, Olick asked Clayton – “Is this his [Warren Buffett’s] master plan to own every aspect of the U.S. Housing Market?”

Clayton answered by saying, “You know Charlie [Munger] is a huge builder, designer, architect – he has always loved us from the beginning and so has Warren. We are so blessed to have the capital and the 100 plus year vision.” That’s not a denial of her question about the monopolization of the housing industry, although the time line may be an understatement.

Given that Clayton has gone from 13 percent of the HUD Code manufactured housing production in 2003, to some 48 to 50 percent market-share, depending on what data-source one refers to for their 2018 market share. Back to the CNBC interview…

Right now, our whole goal is to make, you know, attainable home ownership available to more people. Democratization of home ownership. They [Buffett and Munger] love that.”

The video interview is posted below.



That video should be viewed through the lens of at least these reports. The first contains a link to another Kevin Clayton video, which provides a more comprehensive look at the Buffett-Berkshire “Moat” stratagem that Clayton’s response alludes to, see the linked report below.

In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by Tim Williams, and video recorded comments by Kevin Clayton, these all line up to demonstrate how independent retailers, communities, and producers – among others – where purportedly harmed by action that could be deemed an antitrust violation. See the document, quotes, and Kevin Clayton video at this link here.

The next is the report today, which looks at the issue of manufactured housing’s slump, and what the Clayton dominated Manufactured Housing Institute, led by former Clayton division president Joe Stegmayer and company have been doing about this so-called effort to make home ownership more available.

Joe Stegmayer, George F. Allen, Manufactured Housing Institute Slogans, Slump, Slurs, Solutions

Finally, there is a hub report that takes a deeper dive into Clayton Homes since the Berkshire acquisition.

Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance – Investor Lessons Learned

Finally, MHProNews looked at the tariffs and manufactured housing issue in the related report linked below.

Related Report:

Higher China Tariffs “Hits Home,” Building Impacts Ahead, Per NAHB


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 Homes, 21st 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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