Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

  • Up on Wall Street? Don't Second Guess Yourself

    By Hyuncha Cho - September 1, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A

    Prior to initiating a major trade – traders/investors get their “game-face” on. After hours and hours of research, plus taking into consideration the potential return on investment, the investor/trader will initiate a buy-order. The sweat trickles down the temple of the forehead as a constipated expression emerges on the face of a trader. We call this the game-face of Wall Street.

    But over on Main Street, game-face means... Okay more »

  • Is BP Shooting Itself In The Foot?

    By Nickey Friedman - September 1, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, BP, XOM

    BP (NYSE: BP) keeps on fighting and appealing its own settlement for the business economic loss claims, mostly challenging the interpretation of the settlement by court-appointed administrator Patrick Juneau.  BP has lost every attempt and appeal thus far.  On Friday, BP added a new challenge asking for the entire settlement to be overturned.

    Steve Herman, co-head of the committee of lawyers representing spill victims stated,  “BP’s got the money more »

  • You're Probably Making This Mistake, and It's Costing You Money

    By Jason Hall - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, GIS, TSLA

    Investing isn’t easy, and we all make mistakes that lead to painful losses. Yet even with these painful and sometimes expensive lessons, investing in stocks is still the best tool many of us will ever have to build long-term wealth. Let’s take a look at a common mistake many of us have made, and a long-term approach that’s sure to net better results for most investors.

    It more »

  • What does $1,000 Per Share Mean to You?

    By Evan Buck - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, GOOG, PCLN, SPY

    A fairly common and rather tragic misnomer is that the stock market is rigged in favor of Wall Street executives and fat cats, the quintessential "1 percenters." Individual investors supposedly have no business trying to compete with the likes of Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-A) Warren Buffet, or George Soros, or Carl Ichan.

    However, this misnomer mistakenly pits individual investors like you and me against the "big boys" on Wall more »

  • A Surprising Reason Why Warren Buffett Must Be Happy

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, IBM

    Warren Buffett made a big and unexpected move in 2011, when he decided to take a big position in IBM (NYSE: IBM) and make the IT company one of Berkshire Hathaway´s (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) “big four” holdings alongside names like Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo and American Express.

    The stock is basically flat over the last year, seriously lagging the Dow Jones Index, which is up by nearly 20% in more »

  • Following Tom Gayner Into His Two Biggest Positions

    By Anh HOANG - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AN, BRK-A, KMX

    Tom Gayner, Chief Investment Officer of Markel Corporation, has managed to beat the general market in the long period of time. In the period of 2002-2011, he delivered an annualized return of 6%, beating the S&P 500’s annualized gain of only 3%. As of June 2013, his two biggest positions were CarMax (NYSE: KMX) and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A).

    Should investors follow Tom Gayner into those two stocks more »

  • A Closer Look at Berkshire Hathaway's Second-Quarter Results

    By Anh HOANG - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, KO, WFC

    Warren Buffett could be considered the greatest investor of all time. Nobody could beat him when it comes to investing results. Under his leadership and his capital allocation talent, Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-A) operating performance has kept growing, leading to magnificent share price growth, from only $15 per share in 1965 to $176,500 per share at the time of writing, marking an incredible annualized gain of 21.5 more »

  • The Buy & Hold Test: How Buffett Wins

    By Marie Palumbo - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, XOM, IBM, JPM

    Warren Buffett never changes his strategy and is right more often than not. As net worth returns to pre-recession levels, it’s important for investors, (especially ones who lost a ton of money), to ask the question: Did Buffett’s buy and hold strategy help him beat the market? Let’s take a look at a few sectors to see if his strategy still works.

    Buffett’s strategy

    If you more »

  • Want to Invest Like Warren Buffett? It's Easier Than You Think.

    By Adem Tahiri - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, MOAT, NOV

    I recently took a trip to my neighborhood book store and perused the business section. As I went through the stacks of books, I was amazed at the sheer volume of text available on "investing like Warren Buffett."

    Buffett, who has grown his Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) into an investment empire, is someone all investors should emulate. But is it really that hard to invest like Buffett?

    Buffett seems to more »

  • Berkshire Hathaway & AIG Made a Killing in Bonds and Stocks

    By Alexander Cho - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, BRK-B, BRK-A, SPY

    Warren Buffett’s minimalist personality is certainly represented in the way he reports financial results, and to be honest, it’s one of the greatest things about reading his quarterly reports.

    How the company shaped up

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) was able to turn around financial results significantly in the second quarter. So, let’s examine what exactly happened.

    Berkshire Hathaway reported earnings per share of $1.84 more »

  • Warren Buffett's Not Afraid of This; Why Are So Many Other Companies?

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, KKR, SI

    Warren Buffett, who turns 83 years old in August and has been at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) for nearly five decades, isn't afraid of a little succession planning. While the company's board is keeping the identify of the successor a mystery for now, we know that there's a plan in place, which seems to be enough information to keep shareholders content. Besides, they're more »

  • 5 Reasons Why the Bears Are Wrong About Berkshire Hathaway

    By Jessica McCann - July 28, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, CBI, DVA

    Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) growth over the last year would be impressive, at least, if you ignored the upward drift of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. However, taken together with the massive run up in the rest of the market, Berkshire's prospects look less rosy. In fact, Berkshire-favored stocks like DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE: DVA) and Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE: CBI) have given back most of more »

  • What Will Happen to Berkshire After Warren Buffett Dies?

    By Jessica McCann - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: Y, BRK-B, BRK-A, WRB

    Warren Buffett will turn 83 in August, which means that according to the Social Security Administration's period life table, the world's greatest living investor will have a 91.3077% chance of blowing out all those candles again in 2014 – betting odds, if ever there were any. However, sooner or later, investors in Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) are going to have to come to grips with the more »

  • Looking for the Next Berkshire Hathaway

    By Andrés Cardenal - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, LUK, L, MKL

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) has delivered truly amazing returns for investors who were smart enough to invest with Buffett and Munger for the long term. However, the company has gotten quite big, and this materially reduces the chances of outsized performance in the future.

    But other smaller companies are trying to imitate Berkshire´s success, and the hunt for the next Berkshire Hathaway, meaning a smaller company with more »

  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Investing in Your Favorite Brands

    By Jason Hall - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, DIIBF, VFC

    Many popular consumer brands are owned by a parent company that you've never heard of. And for investors, sometimes it's worth doing a little digging to see if there's anything worth investing in. Are these companies practicing in diversification, or diworsification? Let's take a look.

    What do bikes, baby seats, and ready-to-assemble furniture have in common?

    Dorel Industries (NASDAQOTH: DIIBF), in this case. Featuring such names more »

  • Where to Put Your Money in a Bull Market

    By Ted Cooper - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, CHRW, KO

    The incredible bull market fed by Ben Bernanke's monetary stimulus has inflated the prices of many stocks well beyond their intrinsic value. Although few bargains remain, many investors cannot bring themselves to move to a full cash position; the market could continue its upward climb for another year or more, causing investors who stay on the sidelines to miss out.

    The solution is not to buy the high-flying growth more »

  • Buffett Is Silent About This Investment

    By Shmulik Karpf - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, BYDDY.PK

    Mr. Buffett, the famous Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B), is famous for sharing his investment wisdom with the little man. He likes to discuss many of his stock investments in the open, and he's a great fan and advocate of transparency. Over the years, many people have become better investors by carefully listening to Buffett and reading his annual letters to shareholders. But there more »

  • Pay Close Attention to Goldman Sachs' Earnings

    By Shmulik Karpf - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, GM, GS

    A slew of corporate earnings announcements have recently marked the opening session of Q2 earnings. The positive note by many companies pushed the market to a new all-time high. One company that's always worth paying attention to is Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), the octopus of the financial world.

    Why Goldman matters

    Goldman has always been at the center of any major financial trend. It's basically a financial octopus more »

  • Investing for your child's College Education? Read this first.

    By Jessica McCann - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AA, UHAL, BRK-B, BRK-A, IBM

    When it comes to funding your child's or grandchild’s college education, there is no “right” mix of stocks. How effective your strategy will be depends on a host of factors, but above all, it depends on your time frame. If you have 18 years to work with, setting up a DRIP account that withdraws $100 a month from your bank account and automatically reinvests the dividends is probably more »

  • Should You Follow Mr. Buffett Into the Utilities Sector?

    By Robert Hanley - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, BIP, NVE

    Following and investing with Warren Buffett has been a wealth-maximizing move for millions of investors.  Since taking control of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) in 1965, he has generated a 19.7% compounded annual growth in book value per share, impressive to say the least.  However, with Berkshire’s assets topping $400 billion, Buffett and company have had to move into slower growth, regulated sectors like railroads and utilities.  The company more »

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