Berkshire Hathaway Energy names Fehrman as new CEO

Jeannie Matthews
January 13, 2018

Berkshire Hathaway Energy includes MidAmerican, PacifiCorp, NV Energy and several other utilities. The trading of the day started with the price of the stock at $53.07.

There are far too many variables that could affect the 2018 performance of the roughly four dozen stocks in Berkshire's portfolio, but some of the company's largest positions are looking strong as we head into the new year. Tax reform is the most obvious, as most of Berkshire's banks operate at effective tax rates in excess of 30%.

He declined to say how long he expected to remain at the helm but said: "Ten years would be a long time". "I can't wait to go to the office in the morning", he said.

A stock rating usually tells investors how well a stock's market value relates to what analysts think is a fair value for the stock, based on an independent evaluation of the company. The problem is that the stock market has been going nearly straight up for about nine years, and attractive investment opportunities have become scarce, which is why the company is sitting on so much cash. Monthly Performance history gives insight to investors into the health of companies in which they invested. After all, $100 billion sitting there earning little to no returns isn't exactly a profitable business strategy.

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Buffett, 87, said he has "slipped" in some ways typical of aging - he mentioned balance and endurance, and in the past has said his hearing is diminishing - but said he remains able and excited to continue his Berkshire duties. The stock traded at around $18 per share when he acquired his majority stake, and has appreciated by means of acquisitions and investment returns to $297,600 per share as of the end of past year, an increase of 1,600,000%. Shares are clocking price at $206.69 with change of 0.53%.

Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway owns more than 90 businesses in a variety of industries and is led by investor Warren Buffett. What Buffett does aim to do is to increase Berkshire's earnings power every year, and on this front, it's entirely possible that 2018 could rank among Berkshire's best years ever.

"They both have their areas of specialty", he said. Hot Stocks Point (HSP) makes sure to keep the information up to date and correct, but we didn't suggest or recommend buying or selling of any financial instrument unless that information is subsequently confirmed on your own. "I agree with Warren".

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