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  • "If we get back to normal interest rates, stocks at these prices will look high," said Buffett, speaking at the annual shareholders' meeting of his sprawling conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc.. While he often emphasizes the importance of not basing long-term investing decisions on short-term economic expectations, his views on the U.S. and global economies...

  • *Buffett defends 3 G cost-cutting, Clayton Homes. OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders on Saturday celebrated Warren Buffett's 50th anniversary running the conglomerate, as the billionaire expressed optimism the company would thrive over the long haul, even after he is gone. "It's not Disneyland, it's Warrenland," said David Rolfe, chief...

  • Berkshire too big? Don't be silly, Buffett says Saturday, 2 May 2015 | 4:32 PM ET
    Warren Buffett at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder's Meeting in Omaha Nebraska on May 2, 2015.

    Warren Buffett rejected the idea that Berkshire is so big that it is now too big to fail and requires tighter regulatory oversight.

  • May 2- Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders on Saturday celebrated Warren Buffett's 50th anniversary running the conglomerate, as the billionaire expressed optimism that the company would thrive over the long haul, even after he is gone. >Buffett says no apologies for Clayton Homes lending practices. >Warren Buffett denies that Berkshire Hathaway' too big to...

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Warren Buffett on Saturday rejected the idea that Berkshire Hathaway Inc, a sprawling conglomerate he has built over 50 years, has grown so big that it is now too big to fail and requires tighter regulatory oversight. Those catastrophes can be costly, and both the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon as well as Hurricane...

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders on Saturday celebrated Warren Buffett's 50th anniversary running the conglomerate, as the billionaire expressed optimism the company would thrive over the long haul, even after he's gone. "It's not Disneyland, it's Warrenland," said David Rolfe, chief investment officer of Wedgewood Partners Inc..

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said on Saturday that stock prices would look expensive if interest rates normalized from their ultra low levels. "If we get back to normal interest rates, stocks at these prices will look high," said Buffett, speaking at the annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting of his sprawling conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway.

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders on Saturday celebrated Warren Buffett's 50th anniversary running the conglomerate, as the billionaire fielded questions about the company and its future, and explained some business practices. Berkshire owns more than 80 companies including the Burlington Northern railroad, Geico car insurance,...

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 1- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said first-quarter profit rose 10 percent, and operating results easily beat forecasts, boosted by its railroad and insurance businesses and gains from derivatives. Net income for the Omaha, Nebraska- based insurance and investment conglomerate rose to $5.16 billion, or $3,143 per share, from...

  • OMAHA, Neb., May 1- The sign for the Nebraska Furniture Mart on Dodge Road in Omaha contains a cartoon of Warren Buffett and a big number "50," a number looming large for Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders this weekend as they celebrate the investing legend's half a century running the conglomerate. SELECTED COMPANIES OWNED BY BERKSHIRE Benjamin Moore, Berkshire...

  • NEW YORK, April 30- Warren Buffett has carved out a core stock-picking strategy of investing in companies with strong economic "moats," businesses that have built, fortified and generated success from well-known brands that make it difficult for them to succumb to competitive forces. Stalwarts like International Business Machines, Coca-Cola Inc, Procter&...

  • NEW YORK, April 27- DuPont's board is open to a negotiated settlement with activist Trian Fund Management in the run-up to the company's annual shareholder meeting in May, sources close to the matter said on Monday. Despite the stalemate between the chemical conglomerate and the New York- based fund, DuPont's "doors are not barred for something reasonable," one of...

  • April 27- U.S. proxy advisory firm ISS recommended that DuPont shareholders vote in favor of Nelson Peltz joining the company's board, but said it was unclear if the chemical conglomerate should be broken up as demanded by the activist investor. DuPont's shares rose as much as 4.5 percent to $74.77 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

  • DUBAI, April 27- One of the United Arab Emirates' most prominent businessmen is leading calls for regulations across the Gulf Arab region to smooth the transfer of ownership of family businesses after the death of the founder. Ghurair, the billionaire chief executive of Dubai- based lender Mashreq and chairman of conglomerate Al Ghurair Investment, among his...

  • PARIS, April 24- Foreigners are set to take over several French blue chip firms this year and will largely do what they want with their prizes- showing the limits of new laws passed in the name of "economic patriotism." Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron spoke last month of "the determination and the ability of the state to use all weapons available to investors" to help...

  • 3M earnings, revenue fall short of estimates Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 7:47 AM ET
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    3M delivered quarterly earnings and revenue that fell short of analysts' expectations on Thursday.

  • US STOCKS-Futures up as weak earnings worries fade Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    April 21- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday after earnings results by companies including IBM helped ease fears of a disappointing earnings quarter. *IBM shares were up 0.7 percent at $167.25 in premarket trading after its earnings exceeded low expectations on Monday as it shed unprofitable businesses to focus on cloud-computing.

  • MOSCOW, April 20- Russian services conglomerate Sistema said on Monday it planned total dividend payments of 4.54 billion roubles.

  • April 17- General Electric Co's quarterly industrial earnings rose 9 percent, helped by cost cuts that expanded profit margins, as the U.S. conglomerate banks on manufacturing of jet engines, turbines and other big-ticket products as it unloads most of its finance business. Overall, GE posted a first-quarter net loss of $13.6 billion, or $1.35 per share.

  • April 17- General Electric Co said on Friday its quarterly industrial profit rose 9 percent helped by improved profit margins, as the U.S. conglomerate shifts more to manufacturing of jet engines, turbines and other big-ticket products and splits from finance. Results were weighed down by about $16 billion in charges tied to its exit of GE Capital assets.