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How to buy Berkshire Hathaway stock

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Berkshire Hathaway Inc is an insurance—diversified business based in the US. Berkshire Hathaway shares (BRK-B) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Berkshire Hathaway employs 391,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$249.9 billion.

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  3. Search for Berkshire Hathaway Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: BRK-B. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
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  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Berkshire Hathaway, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Berkshire Hathaway. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Berkshire Hathaway share price

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Berkshire Hathaway shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-03.
52-week rangeUSD$159.5 - USD$231.61
50-day moving average USD$204.3589
200-day moving average USD$191.6378
Wall St. target priceUSD$226.5
PE ratio 24.2195
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$13690.33

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Is it a good time to buy Berkshire Hathaway stock?

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Berkshire Hathaway price performance over time

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Is Berkshire Hathaway under- or over-valued?

Valuing Berkshire Hathaway stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Berkshire Hathaway's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Berkshire Hathaway's P/E ratio

Berkshire Hathaway's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Berkshire Hathaway shares trade at around 24x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Berkshire Hathaway's PEG ratio

Berkshire Hathaway's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.2601. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Berkshire Hathaway's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Berkshire Hathaway's EBITDA

Berkshire Hathaway's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$53.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Berkshire Hathaway's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Berkshire Hathaway financials

Revenue TTM USD$249.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.35%
Gross profit TTM USD$105.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.5%
Return on equity TTM 5.77%
Profit margin 8.9%
Book value $245764.8
Market capitalisation USD$529.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Berkshire Hathaway shares

There are currently 12.6 million Berkshire Hathaway shares held short by investors – that's known as Berkshire Hathaway's "short interest". This figure is 0.7% down from 12.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Berkshire Hathaway shares can be evaluated.

Berkshire Hathaway's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Berkshire Hathaway's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Berkshire Hathaway shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Berkshire Hathaway shares traded daily (recently around 5.4 million). Berkshire Hathaway's SIR currently stands at 2.32. In other words for every 100,000 Berkshire Hathaway shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2320 shares are currently held short.

However Berkshire Hathaway's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Berkshire Hathaway shares, or, against the total number of tradable Berkshire Hathaway shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Berkshire Hathaway's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Berkshire Hathaway shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0104% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Berkshire Hathaway shares, roughly 10 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Berkshire Hathaway.

Find out more about how you can short Berkshire Hathaway stock.

Berkshire Hathaway's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Berkshire Hathaway.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Berkshire Hathaway's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 18.31

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Berkshire Hathaway's overall score of 18.31 (as at 08/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Berkshire Hathaway is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Berkshire Hathaway's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.89/100

Berkshire Hathaway's environmental score of 1.89 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Berkshire Hathaway is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Berkshire Hathaway's social score

Social score: 4.83/100

Berkshire Hathaway's social score of 4.83 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Berkshire Hathaway is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Berkshire Hathaway's governance score

Governance score: 13.59/100

Berkshire Hathaway's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Berkshire Hathaway is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Berkshire Hathaway's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Berkshire Hathaway scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Berkshire Hathaway has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Berkshire Hathaway Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 18.31
Total ESG percentile 8.88
Environmental score 1.89
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 4.83
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 13.59
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 1

Berkshire Hathaway share dividends

We're not expecting Berkshire Hathaway to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Berkshire Hathaway's shares ever split?

Berkshire Hathaway's shares were split on a 50:1 basis on 21 January 2010. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 50 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Berkshire Hathaway shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 98% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Berkshire Hathaway shares which in turn could have impacted Berkshire Hathaway's share price.

Berkshire Hathaway share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Berkshire Hathaway's shares have ranged in value from as little as $159.5 up to $231.61. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BRK-B.US volatility(beta: 0.81)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Berkshire Hathaway's is 0.8144. This would suggest that Berkshire Hathaway's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Berkshire Hathaway overview

Berkshire Hathaway Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in insurance, freight rail transportation, and utility businesses. It provides property, casualty, life, accident, and health insurance and reinsurance; and operates railroad systems in North America. The company also generates, transmits, stores, and distributes electricity from natural gas, coal, wind, solar, hydro, nuclear, and geothermal sources; operates natural gas distribution and storage facilities, interstate pipelines, and compressor and meter stations; and holds interest in coal mining assets. In addition, it offers real estate brokerage services; and leases transportation equipment and furniture. Further, the company manufactures boxed chocolates and other confectionery products; specialty chemicals, metal cutting tools, and components for aerospace and power generation applications; flooring, insulation, roofing and engineered, building and engineered components, paints and coatings, and bricks and masonry products, as well as offers homebuilding and manufactured housing finance; and recreational vehicles, apparel products, jewelry, and custom picture framing products, and alkaline batteries. Additionally, it manufactures castings, forgings, fasteners/fastener systems, and aerostructures; and seamless pipes, fittings, downhole casing and tubing, and various mill forms. The company distributes newspapers, televisions, and information; franchises and services quick service restaurants; distributes electronic components; and offers logistics services, grocery and foodservice distribution services, and professional aviation training and fractional aircraft ownership programs. It also retails automobiles; furniture, bedding, and accessories; household appliances, electronics, and computers; jewelry, watches, crystal, china, stemware, flatware, gifts, and collectibles; kitchenware; and motorcycle accessories. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

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