Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Berkshire Hathaway Inc B

(

BRK.B

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Berkshire Hathaway Inc B as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BRK.B has 11x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 5.87 mentions/day.
  • BRK.B has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $554.6 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on BRK.B:

Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. Through its subsidiaries, the firm primarily engages in the insurance and reinsurance of property and casualty risks business. Berkshire Hathaway was founded in 1889 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska. BRK.B has a PE ratio of 16.

The average volume for Berkshire Hathaway Inc B has been 4.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Berkshire Hathaway Inc B has a market cap of $324.5 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Berkshire Hathaway Inc B as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • BRK.B's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 15.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY increased its bottom line by earning $8.06 versus $7.89 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($10641.69 versus $8.06).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Diversified Financial Services industry average. The net income increased by 104.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4,617.00 million to $9,428.00 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Diversified Financial Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

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