Berkshire Hathaway Inc B (BRK.B)

BRK.B (NYSE:Insurance) EQUITY
$139.71
neg -6.27
-4.30%
Today's Range: 139.47 - 142.00 | BRK.B Avg Daily Volume: 3,068,200
Last Update: 06/24/16 - 4:03 PM EDT
Volume: 12,409,135
YTD Performance: 10.56%
Open: $140.47
Previous Close: $145.98
52 Week Range: $123.55 - $148.03
Oustanding Shares: 2,464,332,618
Market Cap: 354,716,037,035
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TheStreet Ratings Grade for BRK.B
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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: 17.16
Price Earnings Comparisons:
BRK.B Sector Avg. S&P 500
17.16 14.50 12.90
Price Performance History (%Change):
3 Mo 1 Yr 3 Y
3.56% 3.29% 29.90%
GROWTH 12 Mo 3 Yr CAGR
Revenue 8.30 0.30 0.09
Net Income 21.00 0.60 0.17
EPS 21.20 0.60 0.18
Earnings for BRK.B:
EBITDA 38.46B
Revenue 210.82B
Average Earnings Estimates
Qtr (06/16) Qtr (09/16) FY (12/16) FY (12/17)
Average Estimate $1.85 $1.90 $7.33 $7.93
Number of Analysts 1 1 2 2
High Estimate $1.85 $1.90 $7.53 $8.20
Low Estimate $1.85 $1.90 $7.12 $7.65
Prior Year $1.58 $1.85 $7.04 $7.33
Growth Rate (Year over Year) 17.09% 2.70% 4.05% 8.19%
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My Takeaways and Observations Real Money Pro($)

The U.S. dollar weakened. Oil rose by 97 cents to more than $50 a barrel. Gold fell by $10 and closed at $1,260. Again, the $1,300 level has proven to be a formidable resistance point. Agricultural commodities continued for the second day in a row to be under pressure: wheat -4, corn -5.5, soybean -14 and oats unchanged. Lumber +2.50. Bonds fell in price and rose in yield, with the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) down $1.50. The 10-year U.S. note yield increased by nearly six basis points to 1.745%.The long bond's yield also climbed by nearly six basis points to 2.55%. The 2s/10s spread expanded by two basis points to 96 basis points. Municipals got hit and closed-end muni bond funds were lower in price. However, the high-yield bond market was strong, with iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) up 62 cents and SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) up 26 cents. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) rose by nine cents to $14.46 a share. Banks gapped higher, as rates rose. Stress test results shortly. Brokerages were strong. Insurance stocks rose, with large gains in Lincoln National (LNC), MetLife (MET) and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B). My long Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) was up $1. Retail was broadly higher but marginally so. My two shorts underperformed; Foot Locker (FL) was lower and Nordstrom (JWN) was up only slightly. Old tech was stronger, with IBM (IBM) up $2.50. Auto stocks rose after being weak for several trading day. Energy stocks followed the commodity higher. Ag equipment was strong, led by a $1.80 gain for Caterpillar (CAT). Media underperformed with small (pennies) gains at Comcast (CMCSA) and Disney (DIS). (T)FANG rallied from morning weakness. Amazon (AMZN) led the parade, but Tesla (TSLA) remains under pressure. In individual stocks, Potash (POT) gained a beaner and Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) and HIG almost did as well. Twitter (TWTR), a recent buy, closed over $17 a share and now is up more than 15% from my buy about a week ago. My fav large-cap, DuPont (DD), was up $1.20 and looks like it has a mission to reach $70 a share. Here are some value-added contributions on our site: Jim "El Capitan" goes beyond Brexit.  Mark Sebastian also chimes in on Brexit.  Carley Garner on gold.  Rev Shark on Friday's "action." 
Consumer staples are being taken out to the woodshed this morning, with Pepsico (PEP) and Coca-Cola (KO) leading the way lower.
The U.S. dollar was quite strong today. Crude oil got whacked,down by nearly $2 to $46.20. Gold gained $2 at $1,290 but was well off day's highs. SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) was down $1.26. Agricultural commodities mostly were lower: wheat -4, corn -4, soybean -22(!) and oats flat. Lumber was up $4. Bonds continued a spirited rally, with iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) up 66 cents. The yield on the 10-year dropped by three basis points to 1.565% and the long bond by four basis points to 2.38%. The 2s/10s spread was down to 89 basis points for a new multiyear low. Municipals were well-bid and closed-end municipal bond funds were smartly higher. The high-yield market was stagnant, but Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) was down an outsize 10 cents. Banks were mixed. The ETF, which I covered in the morning, rose substantially from the lows and was up more than a nickel on the day. Brokerages had no bounce despite the recent declines. Insurance also was mixed. Berkshire (BRK.B) rose a beaner. Retail stocks were mixed. My short Foot Locker (FL), which deals in sneakers, was down by almost $1. Energy stocks were divided. Exxon Mobil (XOM) was up $1 but Schlumberger (SLB) was down half a buck. Biotech continued to lag, as I suggested a few weeks ago when I dumped the group holdings. Allergan (AGN) was weak, and Valeant (VRX) was at a new low. Autos were up marginally. Old tech was nothing. Media and ag equipment were mixed. Consumer staples were higher, not mindful of the dollar's strength. Though my sole short, Coca-Cola (KO), rose 30 cents. TFANG underperformed the broader market as Facebook (FB) continues to breakdown following Citron Research's negative research report earlier in the week. Trade of the Week Twitter (TWTR) gave up a dime after two good days. It's up 9% from Monday's purchase. (I added on today's weakness earlier.) In individual stocks, long fav DuPont (DD) rallied back a beaner, Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) was down small and Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) finished with a nice gain of half a buck (I added today). In country ETFs, iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) was up 0.5% and iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) was flat. In sector ETFs, Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (XLP) and Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) were up small. Here are some good contributions on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on a showdown on Brexit and oil.   Eric Jackson on Viacom (VIAB).  Mike Norman is buying.  James Passeri on Valeant.  Tin "Not Phil or Judy" Collins on Dow Chemical (DOW). 
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My Takeaways and Observations Real Money Pro($)

The U.S. dollar strengthened today against the euro. Crude oil was down 50 cents to $48.40. Gold was up a beaner to $1,288. Agricultural commodities were mixed: wheat -4.50, corn +6.50, soybean flat, and oats +1. Lumber -5.25. Bonds were flat after a sharp rise in the early going. The 10-year yield and long-bond yield are unchanged. The 2s/10s spread is flat at about 92 basis points. Municipals were higher in price and closed-end muni funds continued to glow. High yield (I am watching closely, see above) was down. Blackstone/GSO Strategic Credit Fund (BGB) might be breaking down; it was down 12 cents on the day to $14.55. If I held, I would sell. Banks are worrisome as I wrote, with losses of 2% to 3% for the money centers. I remain short Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF), which is working; it was down 34 cents, or nearly 1.5% lower. There were so many bank bulls on the recent rise; they have now disappeared and have been silenced. Again, stay independent in thought and mostly throw out the price followers who are trying to sell you something! Insurance was broadly lower. Life stocks Lincoln National (LNC) and MetLife (MET) schmeissed,  but my long Hartford Financial Services Group (HIG) is still outperforming the market and its peer group. I am watching this one closely. Brokerages were awful and rolling over. Retail was weak. My short Nordstrom (JWN) was down by $1; it's my only position in the space. Home Depot (HD) was off $2.50 and conspicuously on the downside. Autos are unsound and running out of gas as previously mentioned. Energy shares were lower, but not materially. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) was down nearly $2. There was no large individual security drops, but a broad-based decline. I have been out of the sector for almost two weeks now. Media was better, led by my short Disney (DIS), up 80-plus cents. Comcast (CMCSA) was up a quarter. Staples were stronger, hurting my Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) short, though it is small in size. Ag equipment was down fractionally. (T)FANG was mixed. Tesla (TSLA) saw profit taking. Netflix (NFLX) reversed from a good gain to a small profit. In individual stocks, my long fav DuPont (DD) suffering from profit taking; I am eyeing the low $60s to replace what I recently sold off. I'm still medium in size, though. Oaktree Capital Group (OAK) continued to slide a bit today, but iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) was up a few pennies. I would short any strength. Sector exposure: XLP up, Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB) down (more!). Here are some value-added columns on our site today: Jim "El Capitan" Cramer on inspiration from Jay Leno.  Tim Melvin on funds with attractive yields.   Bobby Lang on volatility. (I will have more on the subject tomorrow.)  Jim Collins, Tim's illegitimate son, on the whacky bond market.  Roger Arnold on "The Paradox of Thrift" -- a frequent topic of mine.
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Those who regret not owning the insurer should wait for a much lower entry point before buying.

Trade of the Week: Short Apple Real Money Pro($)

Slowing Smart-Phone Sales and More Competition. There are growing signs that the smart-phone market is slowing. At the same time, the company faces much-lower-priced competitors given the iPhone's $600 average price. Longer Upgrade Cycle Is a Sign of Product Disappointment. Reports that Apple might extend iPhone upgrades from the current two years to three support my general belief that the last major product upgrade cycle for the iPhone has already occurred.  "Peak Apple." I continue to believe that Apple won't eclipse its fiscal-year 2015 earnings for several years. I also think that the company's price-to-earnings ratio could contract, reflecting slower growth prospects and a more-competitive business landscape. The downturn in AAPL's price multiple could begin slowly, but might eventually pick up speed as investors recognize the headwinds th
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