Warren Buffett Strikes Deal with Lee to Manage Berkshire Units, plus MH Market Updates

CNNmoney6.265.2018ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsLee Enterprises in Davenport, Iowa, will run Berkshire Hathaway’s newspapers and digital sites in a five-year agreement.  Why does it matter to MHVille?  That will be our featured report this evening, found further below.

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline reports are found further below, just beyond the Manufactured Housing Composite Value for today.


The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.

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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.

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Selected headlines and bullets from CNN Money:

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  • Uber’s Middle East rival is recruiting women drivers in Saudi Arabia
  • Goldman Sachs thinks England will make the World Cup final
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  • The incredible shrinking GE is getting even smaller
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  • Jimmy Fallon responds to Trump: ‘Why are you tweeting at me?’
  • Harley-Davidson will move some production out of US after retaliatory tariffs
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  • How Chipotle is making a comeback
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  • Why GE may need to stop paying its 119-year old dividend
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  • Toyota updates the Century, car of choice for Japan’s elites
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  • Gatorade is going sugarless for the first time in its 53-year-history
  • Can Starbucks be fixed?
  • GM is bringing back the Chevy Blazer, an SUV classic

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  • Should Burger King conduct sensitivity training, ala Starbucks?
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  • Red Hen treatment of Sarah Sanders has Mike Huckabee worried
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  • Shares of the motorcycle maker whipsawed following Trump’s comments.
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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 –

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc has hired Lee Enterprises Inc to manage its newspaper and digital operations in 30 markets, hoping to boost readership and draw more advertisers as print circulation declines.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc has hired Lee Enterprises Inc to manage its newspaper and digital operations in 30 markets, hoping to boost readership and draw more advertisers as print circulation declines,” said Reuters.

Berkshire said on Tuesday it will continue to own BH Media Group, which owns 30 daily newspapers, including its hometown Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska, and 47 weekly newspapers,” said Reuters.

Among his papers is the Waco, TX Tribune-Herald, where Clayton Homes has some production centers.  He also owns the Tulsa World, where Berkshire owns several manufactured home retail outlets under various brand names. Other such examples could be provided.

The five-year agreement says Lee will be paid $5 million annually, plus a share of profits. It takes effect on July 2.

I love our newspapers and am passionate about the vital role they serve in our communities,” Buffett said in a statement.

CBS News reported in 2012 that “Billionaire Warren Buffett’s company now owns about 3.2 percent of Lee Enterprises’ stock as Berkshire Hathaway newspaper holdings continue to grow.”

MHProNews has previously spotlighted the extensive holdings that Berkshire has in mainstream media outlets.  It begs the question, why hasn’t Buffett used those papers to educate the public on manufactured housing?  Or is the Berkshire moat strategy still one of keeping the industry’s growth limited, so it can be more controlled and consolidated?

The Berkshire CEO added: “Lee also has led the industry in overall innovation and performance, all while faithfully fulfilling its public trust as an indispensable source for local news, information and advertising. Our missions and goals match exactly,” per Yahoo.

Circulation in print has been declining for several Berkshire media outlets.

Although the challenges in publishing are clear, I believe we can benefit by joining efforts.” Lee shares rose about 33 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading. Davenport, Iowa-based Lee said it publishes 46 daily newspapers and nearly 300 specialty publications in 21 U.S. states.

It will be interesting to note what happens in the coming years between Lee, Berkshire and media.

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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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