1. As of noon trading, Berkshire Hathaway ( BRK.B) is up $0.68 (0.7%) to $101.89 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.31-$102.10 after having opened the day at $101.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.21.

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 $108.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% 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 solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Berkshire Hathaway Ratings Report now.

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