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Berkshire Hathaway has made a big bet on a market recovery in most of its recent investments.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE: BRK.A) stock traded 0.31% higher during the weekend after closing last Friday trading at $430,160. The Omaha-based multinational conglomerate holding company led by chairman and CEO Warren Buffett reported its 2021 second-quarter earnings results during the weekend. In Q2 2021, Berkshire Hathaway stock recorded notable gains despite the adverse effects of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Notably, the company reported operating earnings of $6.69 billion during the second quarter, up 21% from last year’s second-quarter results.
Worth noting, the company opted to buy back its shares from the secondary market of approximately $6 billion. The strategic move was in line with the company’s investment model as explained by Cathy Seifert, an analyst at CFRA Research. “They’re kind of between a rock and a hard place. Against that backdrop, I think the level of buybacks was prudent and appropriate.”
At the end of the second quarter, the company had a cash pile of approximately $144.1 billion. Interestingly, the company has suffered high-class challenges of lack of investment opportunities despite having notable capital.
In Q2, Berkshire Hathaway has significantly diversified its investment ranging from tech companies to energy companies globally. Consequently, it recorded varying degrees of coronavirus effect on its investments.
“The COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected nearly all of our operations during 2020 and in particular during the second quarter, although the effects varied significantly,” Berkshire said in the earnings report Saturday. “The extent of the effects over longer terms cannot be reasonably estimated at this time.”
Berkshire Hathaway Market Outlook in Q2 and in the Future
Since its inception, Berkshire Hathaway has been one of the most successful investment companies globally. Moreover, its stock market speaks for itself loud and clear. According to market analytics provided by MarketWatch, BRK. A stock has added approximately 36.85%, and 23.67% in the past year and seven months respectively through Friday.
The company has a reported market valuation of approximately $653.35 billion and outstanding shares of 637.99K as of reporting time.
The net income for the second quarter that came in at $28.1 billion was largely bolstered by the huge investment in Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Bank of America Corp, and American Express Corp.
Forward, the company is closely monitoring the coronavirus vaccination program both in the United States and globally. Furthermore, Berkshire Hathaway has made a big bet on a market recovery in most of its investments.
“Risks and uncertainties resulting from the pandemic that may affect our future earnings, cash flows and financial condition include the ability to vaccinate a significant number of people in the US and throughout the world as well as the long-term effect from the pandemic on the demand for certain of our products and services,” the conglomerate said.
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