4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Berkshire Hathaway

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, insurance and holding company giant Berkshire Hathaway (NYS: BRK.A) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Berkshire's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Berkshire facts

Headquarters (founded)Omaha, Neb. (1889)
Market Cap$196.9 billion
IndustryConglomerates
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$143.7 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Warren Buffett (since 1970)
Vice Chairman Charles Munger (since 1978)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)7.4%
Cash/Debt$37.3 billion / $60.4 billion
CompetitorsBlackstone Group
HM Capital Partners LLC
KKR

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 3,335 members who have rated Berkshire believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, All-Star TMFDeej, tapped the stock as a particularly timely bargain opportunity: "Even with the new uncertainty about Buffett's health, [Berkshire] is just too cheap to ignore at this level. Barring an economic implosion, its earnings should continue to improve and the new buy-back policy seems to have put a nice floor under the stock."

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Berkshire. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Berkshire. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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