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Berkshire Hathaway

(

BRK.B

) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Berkshire Hathaway rose $1.72 (1.6%) to $113.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,775,047 shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,530,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $111.38-$113.33 after having opened the day at $111.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.28. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were:

Credit Suisse

(

DGAZ

), up 27.7%,

Optibase

(

OBAS

), up 14.9%,

Carver Bancorp

(

CARV

TheStreet Recommends

), up 14.0% and

Centerstate Banks

(

CSFL

), up 12.5%.

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. Berkshire Hathaway has a market cap of $131.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Berkshire Hathaway

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Credit Suisse

(

UGAZ

), down 27.9%,

Gaming and Leisure Properties

(

GLPI

), down 24.2%,

iPath Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Total Retur

(

GAZ

), down 10.4% and

United States Natural Gas Fund

(

UNG

), down 9.3%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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