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Why Berkshire Hathaway Bought Precision Castparts (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: PCP)

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This morning, investors are asking why Berkshire Hathaway bought Precision Castparts. The $37.2 billion deal is the largest purchase in Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s (NYSE: BRK.A) history.

CEO Warren Buffett likes the company, and he also likely sees potential in the aerospace industry.

Here's everything else investors need to know about the deal...

Why Is Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) Stock So Expensive?

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Berkshire Hathaway Class A shares are the most expensive shares traded on U.S. markets.

For years, analysts have called for, and investors have clamored for, a stock split.

Keep reading to find out why BRK.A shares are so expensive and are expected to remain so for a long while...

Warren Buffett Successors Revealed: Meet Ajit Jain and Greg Abel

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Two Warren Buffett successors were named Saturday by the most credible source besides Buffett himself - Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) vice chairman Charles Munger.

In a Feb. 28 letter to shareholders, Munger said two men - Ajit Jain and Greg Abel - would both be worthy replacements of Buffett as new Berkshire Hathaway CEO.

Buffett will turn 85 on Aug. 30, and right-hand man Munger celebrated his 91st birthday on Jan. 1. While no one is certain when the two leaders will exit, when they do, it will surely affect Berkshire stock - and its investors.

Here's a close look at the two men Munger named as probable Warren Buffett successors...

Stock Market Futures Higher After WMT Earnings, BRK-PG Deal

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Today (Thursday), stock market futures got a boost from a Wal-Mart earnings beat, and a $4.7 billion deal between Berkshire Hathaway and ProctEr & Gamble.

Here's what else you'll need to know to make today's investing profitable...

Earnings Reports Calendar: 5 to Watch This Week

The earnings reports calendar is getting crowded as some big names deliver numbers this week - and investors will get to see if a harsh winter hurt Q1 results this season.

S&P 500 companies' Q1 earnings are forecast to have fallen 1.4% year over year, according to data from FactSet. That's down sharply from the start of the year, when profit growth was projected to rise 4.5%.

How Warren Buffett Led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) to Record Profit in 2013

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Buoyed by a recovering U.S. economy, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) posted a record profit in 2013 and is upbeat about the future.

Run by the iconic Warren Buffett since 1965, Berkshire has grown from a textile manufacturing company to now include 80-plus businesses that run the gamut from insurance to railroads to utilities to ice cream. The Omaha, Neb.-based conglomerate consists of some $117.5 billion of a variety of stocks.

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Berkshire Hathaway Share Buyback: Investor Takeaway

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B) just authorized the repurchase of $1.2 billion worth of Class A shares from "the estate of a longtime stockholder." The move surprised investors - and says a lot about what Buffett thinks of BRK's value.

Berkshire Hathaway Holdings Show Buffett Hunting a Big Elephant

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway holdings have undergone some major changes in the third quarter, according to the company's latest 13F filing.

Not only did Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) sell more than $750 million in two American giants, they initiated four new holdings and eliminated three positions entirely. Overall, Berkshire's reported portfolio, which only includes long positions, increased to $75.3 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from $74.3 billion the previous quarter.

While some think Buffett is taking profits where he can, others think he is building up a stockpile of cash for a major move.

"Buffett may be selling the consumer stocks to provide more funds to his deputies while reserving money for a large acquisition," David Kass, a professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, told Bloomberg News.

"He may be really wanting to keep that aside for his big elephant," said Kass, who is referring to Buffett's quote in a letter to shareholders last year where the 82-year-old investing legend stated, "Our elephant gun has been reloaded, and my trigger finger is itchy."

Only Buffett and Berkshire's new portfolio managers, Todd Combs and Ted Weschler, truly know why they made their latest moves, and so without further speculation, here they are.

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Holdings Show Major Selling

For those who want to model their investments after the famed Berkshire Hathaway holdings, this is your week.

Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett along with other iconic investors such as George Soros this week revealed their second-quarter stock moves - and you may be a little more than surprised to see what they've been up to.

The two billionaire investors disclosed their most recent investments in 13F filings, which are released by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 45 days after the close of a quarter.

While Buffett has stepped back a bit from the business as he anticipates retirement, the Berkshire Hathaway holdings show he's still the driving force behind the firm's investing success.

"Buffett continues to hold sway over a meaningful amount of the equity portfolio--something we don't anticipate changing too significantly in the near to medium term," wrote Morningstar analyst Greggory Warren.

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