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Investors buoyed the stocks of some of the major recreational vehicle Thursday (Sept. 22) as the companies rev up production and provide temporary homes for thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, according to an Associated Press report.
Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco Coach Corp saw its shares rally 85 cents, or about 6%, to $15.05 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s stock has traded between $12.90 and $23.10 over the past 52 weeks.
Monaco’s surge follows an announcement late Wednesday that it is revving up production of its travel trailers for hurricane evacuees. The company plans to make at least 2,000 – but possibly up to 3,000 – of the vehicles as the Federal Emergency Management Agency seeks temporary homes for evacuees and response workers.
Also in the sector, Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Riverside, Calif., jumped 57 cents, or 5%, to $13.01 in midday trading on the Big Board. The company on Tuesday said it accepted an order for 7,500 travel trailers and 3,000 single-section mobile homes for FEMA. Fleetwood valued the order as at least $170 million.
Meanwhile, more than a million residents in Texas and Louisiana have been asked to leave their homes and make way for Hurricane Rita, which some forecasters believe could become the strongest recorded hurricane to hit the Lone Star State.