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Bruised Berkshire Holds Lead Over Battered Benchmark Going Into Christmas Break

Both sides have been bruised and battered this year, but Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is outperforming the benchmark S&P 500 stock index going into the Christmas break.

With four trading days remaining in 2008, Berkshire's stock is down 33.6 percent year-to-date. The S&P has dropped 40.9 percent, excluding dividends.

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Last year, Berkshire scored a 28.7 percent gain, its biggest increase since 1998. That trounced the S&P's 3.5 percent advance.

If Berkshire does hold on, it will be the third straight year that it has outperformed the S&P, following three consecutive years of underperforming the index.

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