BRK-B - Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
203.48
-1.68 (-0.82%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT

204.74 +1.33 (0.65%)
Pre-Market: 8:56AM EDT

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Previous Close205.16
Open205.85
Bid204.32 x 1200
Ask204.20 x 1400
Day's Range203.16 - 205.85
52 Week Range184.75 - 224.07
Volume2,699,338
Avg. Volume3,549,195
Market Cap499.454B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.86
PE Ratio (TTM)18.69
EPS (TTM)10.89
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est241.67
Trade prices are not sourced from all markets
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