BRK-B - Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
200.55
-3.88 (-1.90%)
At close: 4:04PM EDT
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Previous Close204.43
Open203.28
Bid200.44 x 1100
Ask0.00 x 1000
Day's Range200.06 - 204.01
52 Week Range184.75 - 224.07
Volume5,872,384
Avg. Volume4,588,327
Market Cap493.68B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.74
PE Ratio (TTM)123.04
EPS (TTM)1.63
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est239.67
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