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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Power company AES (AES) - Get AES Corporation Report said its fourth-quarter earnings rose 10% to 23 cents a share on an adjusted basis, up from 21 cents a share the year before.

Fourth-quarter consolidated revenue rose 17% to $4.40 billion from $3.78 billion.

Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of 25 cents a share on revenue of $3.8 billion.

Shares of the company were rising 1.1% to $12.40 in premarket trading Monday.

Warren Buffett couldn't avoid the issue of succession at

Berkshire Hathaway

(BRK.B) - Get Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B Report

in his 2010 annual letter, released on Saturday morning, but gave no indication that he's preparing to throw in the towel any time soon.

Berkshire Hathaway's "B" shares rose 2.9% to $87.35 in premarket trading Monday.

>> Warren Buffett Addresses Succession Issue

HSBC

(HBC)

, Europe's biggest bank, said pretax profits in 2010 more than doubled to $19.04 billion from $7.04 billion a year earlier, but the figure came in below analysts' estimates.

Shares of

HSBC

were down 5.2% to $54.28 in premarket trading.

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Real estate investment trust

Ventas

(VTR) - Get Ventas, Inc. Report

agreed to acquire REIT

Nationwide Health Properties

(NHP)

in a stock-for-stock deal valued at $7.4 billion.

Ventas was falling 1.5% to $56.33, while Nationwide surged 12.4% to $43.80.

>> Ventas to Acquire Nationwide Health

A fund of financial company

JPMorgan

(JPM) - Get JPMorgan Chase & Co. Report

is in discussions to buy a significant stake in Twitter, the rapidly-growing social networking site.

The stock was up 0.5% to $46.90.

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