Stocks for the most part drifted down in today’s trading, despite good housing news, but Apple’s better than expected earnings kept the tech-heavy Nasdaq just above the red line, as the Dow and S&P fell into the red. CNNMoney reports the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged down 25.50 points, -0.16 percent, to close at 15,542.24. The Nasdaq nudged up +0.01 percent, +0.33 points, to end the day at 3,579.60, while the S&P lost -0.38 percent, -6.45 points, to close at 1,685.94. The Yahoo! Finance Manufactured Housing Composite gained +1.23 percent to end at 1041.1. The majority of housing stocks we follow closed down, or even, with Skyline Corp. posting the biggest gain of tracked stocks, +1.00 percent, +0.05 points, to end the day at 5.06. Sun Communities, Inc. slid the most of stocks we follow, falling -3.06 percent, -1.61, to end the day at 51.02. Affiliated Managers Group 174.01 -1.28 (-0.72%). Cavco Industries 53.77 -0.89 (-1.63.%). Champion, Liberty Homes and Palm Harbor continued unchanged. Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, as well as MH home-building, lending and other housing suppliers parent company Berkshire Hathaway 174,581 -2,668.00 (-1.51%). Deer Valley remained unchanged at 0.60. Drew Industries 41.81 -0.29 (-0.69%). Equity LifeStyle Properties 39.83 -0.79 (-1.94%). Louisiana Pacific Industries remained unchanged at 17.64, while Nobility Homes did not move from 9.00. Patrick Industries 23.33 -0.45 (-1.89%). Third Avenue Value Fund (July 23) 56.68 +0.35 (+0.62%). UMH Properties, Inc. 10.97 -0.14 (-1.26%). Universal Forest Products, Inc. 40.57 +0.05 (+0.12%).
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