Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRK.B)

BRK.B (NYSE:Insurance) EQUITY
$167.47
pos +0.25
+0.15%
Today's Range: 166.97 - 168.28 | BRK.B Avg Daily Volume: 3,615,100
Last Update: 06/26/17 - 3:59 PM EDT
Volume: 2,541,081
YTD Performance: 3.28%
Open: $167.80
Previous Close: $167.22
52 Week Range: $136.65 - $177.86
Oustanding Shares: 2,466,866,076
Market Cap: 415,222,897,912
6-Month Chart
TheStreet Ratings Grade for BRK.B
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A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- E+ E E- F
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Analysts Ratings
Historical Rec Current 1 Mo. Ago 2 Mo. Ago 3 Mo. Ago
Strong Buy
Moderate Buy
Hold
Moderate Sell
Strong Sell
Mean Rec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Latest Dividend: 0.00
Latest Dividend Yield: 0.00%
Dividend Ex-Date: 12/31/69
Price Earnings Ratio: 17.25
Price Earnings Comparisons:
BRK.B Sector Avg. S&P 500
17.25 18.40 30.50
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
-0.58% 14.55% 32.81%
GROWTH 12 Mo 3 Yr CAGR
Revenue 6.10 0.20 0.07
Net Income 0.10 0.20 0.07
EPS -0.10 0.20 0.07
Earnings for BRK.B:
EBITDA 36.24B
Revenue 223.60B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (06/17) Qtr (09/17) FY (12/17) FY (12/18)
Average Estimate $1.93 $2.13 $7.60 $8.34
Number of Analysts 1 1 2 2
High Estimate $1.93 $2.13 $7.67 $8.67
Low Estimate $1.93 $2.13 $7.53 $8.00
Prior Year $1.87 $1.97 $7.13 $7.60
Growth Rate (Year over Year) 3.21% 8.12% 6.59% 9.67%
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