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  • Aug 1- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said second-quarter profit soared 41 percent, reflecting a substantial increase in investment gains and improved results in manufacturing, service and retail businesses. Net income rose to $6.4 billion, or $3,889 per Class A share, from $4.54 billion, or $2,763 per share, a year earlier.

  • July 24- Union Pacific Corp, the largest publicly traded U.S. railroad, reported a 17 percent rise in quarterly profit, mainly due to higher shipments of agricultural products and coal. Coal is Union Pacific's largest cargo in terms of volumes. Union Pacific has benefited from a rise in grain shipments meant for export to Mexico and China.

  • Buffett donates $2.8 bln to Gates, family charities Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    July 15- Warren Buffett this week donated $2.8 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to five charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth. About 16.6 million shares, worth more than $2.1 billion, went to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on education, health and poverty problems.

  • CHICAGO, July 11- U.S. farmland values have remained strong this summer despite falling crop prices, but that could change heading into the busy annual auction season at year's end, auctioneers say. "I'm surprised how strong land values have been," said Randy Hertz of Hertz Farm Management in Nevada, Iowa.

  • July 1- U.S. apartment vacancy rate was unchanged in the second quarter, while new construction rebounded as weather improved, real estate research firm Reis Inc said in a report released on Tuesday.

  • Inside the fun at the 'Woodstock for Capitalists' Monday, 5 May 2014 | 1:29 PM ET
    Bill Gates, Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett participate in a "selfie" taken by CNBC's Becky Quick in Omaha. In a live interview, Buffett said based on his experiences with college students who visit Omaha, selfies are "all the rage." The estimated net worth of the three men in the picture: $143.1 billion.

    Beyond serious investing talk, the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders' meeting is a weekend of fun for investors and Warren Buffett fans alike.

  • 10 top brands Buffett’s Berkshire owns Monday, 5 May 2014 | 11:59 AM ET
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett flips over a Dairy Queen Blizzard treat, the most successful product ever released in the history of Dairy Queen.

    About 38,000 people flocked to the shareholder meeting in Omaha this weekend. Here's a highlight of top brands Berkshire Hathaway owns.

  • Buffett's secret to giving away billions Monday, 15 Jul 2013 | 1:32 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    In a video clip for an online course on philanthropy, Warren Buffett says he follows Adam Smith's division of labor. "I make it and somebody else gives it away."

  • Hundreds of businesses locate and expand in Neb. Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | 2:03 PM ET
    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman

    Gov. Dave Heineman says Nebraska has welcomed hundreds of businesses that chose to locate or expand in the state.

  • Kass, Berkshire's Bear, Is Ready to 'Surprise' Buffett Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 1:30 AM ET
    Doug Kass

    Hedge fund trader Doug Kass will quiz billionaire investor Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway Inc's annual meeting in Omaha this Saturday.

  • Berkshire Size, Buffett Age Cloud Annual Gathering Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 5:25 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett may be on safari for major acquisitions, which he likes to call elephants, but shareholders may wonder if his Berkshire Hathaway has become the biggest elephant in the room.

  • How Corporate America 'Squeezes' Out Its Survival Sunday, 27 Jan 2013 | 9:23 AM ET

    After four years of belt-tightening, American companies are good at squeezing more profit out of every dollar of sales - a skill that chief executives regard as critical in the face of an uncertain economy.

  • *Sale is for $500 million, person close to the deal says. Nov 2- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said it would buy Oriental Trading Co, a toy and party supplies company that is partially owned by private equity firm KKR& Co LP, for an undisclosed sum.

  • *Sale is for $500 million, person close to the deal says. Nov 2- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said it would buy Oriental Trading Co, a toy and party supplies company that is partially owned by private equity firm KKR& Co LP, for an undisclosed sum.

  • Nov 2- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said it would buy Oriental Trading Co, a toy and party supplies company that is partially owned by private equity firm KKR& Co LP, for an undisclosed sum.

  • Warren Buffett Wants to Make the World More "Fun" Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:28 AM ET

    It isn't a big-game elephant, but Warren Buffett has captured a smaller "party" prize. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced today it has acquired privately-held Oriental Trading, based in Buffett's home town of Omaha, Nebraska.

  • How US drought damaged economy as well as crops Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 5:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The worst drought in decades didn't just shrivel corn and soybeans. It shrank economic growth too. That means normal weather would have lifted economic growth to 2.4 percent for the quarter, the Commerce Department said.

  • Insurance co. apologizes for rift with Neb. deputy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:51 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- An insurance company that canceled the homeowner's policy of a Nebraska sheriff's deputy because of his K-9 unit dog said Thursday it's looking to change its practices regarding police dogs.

  • Buffett's firm wins auction for ResCap's loans Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 3:47 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Warren Buffett's company won the auction for Residential Capital's loan portfolio with a $1.5 billion bid this week. That means the conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc. will acquire the loans as long as a bankruptcy judge approves. ResCap's parent company is Ally Financial, which is 74 percent owned by the U.S. government as a result of bailouts.

  • Insurance co. drops Neb. man because of police dog Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:39 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- A Nebraska sheriff's deputy is being dropped by his home insurance company, who says the police dog he keeps at his Omaha home is a risk it is not willing to bear.