Has Buffett Lost His Touch?

In today's video, analysts Austin Smith and Andrew Tonner look at Berkshire Hathaway's most recent earnings and touch on some derivatives losses that could make some investors uneasy. Both Andrew and Austin think any worry would be misplaced, though. Berkshire continues to trade for fair valuations and near the 1.1 times price-to-book value "floor" that Warren Buffett put on shares when he said he'd be willing to repurchase at that level. All in all, Berkshire is still a great buy today.

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Austin Smith owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and General Electric. The Motley Fool owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend 3M and Berkshire Hathaway. 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 Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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